760 Penniman Avenue,
760 Penniman Avenue,Plymouth, MI 48170
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The exterior of this theatre shows up in a new Chevrolet TV commercial airing nationally
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The Penn Theatre has just completed an auditorium renovation. New seats, epoxy flooring, carpet, drapery, paint, surround speakers, and renovated original wall sconces. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Many thanks to all of our donors, volunteers, and patrons who continue to make the Penn successful.
This is from Boxoffice magazine, May 1960:
Charlotte L. Lush and Margaret E. Wilson have registered title to the Penn Theater in Plymouth, long operated by Harry Lush, who died a few weeks ago.
More photos here:
The Penn Theatre in Plymouth, Mi will reopen on Friday September. 8, 2006.
There’s still a lot of work to do, money to raise, things to fix, concession areas to rebuild, etc. etc. etc. but the good news is MOVIES ARE BACK!
The first movie will be Cars, rated G, starts Friday September 8.
Friday, September 8 at 6:30pm & 9:00 pm (box office opens at 6:00 pm)
Saturday,September 9 at 6:30pm & 9:00 pm (box office opens at 6:00 pm)
Sunday, September 10 at 2:30pm, 5:00pm & 7:30pm (box office opens at 2:00pm)
ALL SEATS $3.00
Nothing as drastic as splitting it up. The theatre will be renovated in three phases:
Phase 1 will entail stabilizing the building to open for business. This will include fixing the roof, marquee, and concession area. It will also include replacing damaged ceiling tiles, reinstalling seats, modifying the stage, updating the air conditioning system, audio/visual systems, and stage lighting.
Phase 2 focuses on expansion to a multi-use facility. This phase includes a rear bump-out to accommodate a larger stage, utilization of area under the stage for basement dressing/green room and restroom facilities. Upgrades to the screen, seats, carpet, floors, walls, and ceiling as well as installation of a donor plaque will be included.
Phase 3 will involve the installation of a balcony with additional seating, a side bump out to accommodate a stairwell and additional restroom facilities.
For more up-to-date information visit our website at FriendsofthePenn.org and sign up for e-bulletine using the link on the home page.
Wow that would be great, I just Harry Potter at the Civic in Farmington tonite and I was thinking about the Penn— where I watched movies as a kid in Plymouth. I hope they dont try to split it up into more than one room…
The Penn Theatre has been purchased (closing date is set for 7 Mar 2006) by a group of investors that will lease it to Friends of the Penn for the next 20 years @ $1 per year.
Now that the building has been secured, Friends of the Penn has shifted focus, starting a capital campaign to raise the $1.5 million needed to renovate the theater.
In addition to second-run movies, the renovated Penn will play host to the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and Plymouth Community Band (among others) when it reopens this fall. The targeted re-opening date is Oct 2006.
Great shot! Here’s a link to a photo of what it looked like on opening night:
To subscribe to the Friends of the Penn email listserve for updates on our progress, send an email to and type “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.
The Friends of the Penn will have its next meeting, “Envision the Penn”-Town Hall, on April 10th at 7pm in the Masonic Temple next to the Penn in downtown Plymouth. Please come to share your thoughts and hear the results of our area survey. In the meantime continue checking the website: http://www.friendsofthepenn.org for updates.
Thank you, Neo, for wanting to help! Sorry for the late response. I just got your recent We actually had people crawling out f the woodwork to assist us and it all happened really quickly. Check us out at
Wish us luck!
yes I am!
The first meeting of the “Friends of the Penn” went spectacularly well! 30+ in attendance, and several from the Downtown Development Authority and Zoning Board of Appeals. We formed two committees: one to increase community awareness, another to help raise funds. Once we get non-profit status I’ll post a message letting you know how to help. Next meeting is on Sunday 3/13 at 7pm, tentatively in the basement of the Plymouth Historical Museum. I’ll confirm as soon as I know for sure. Thank you for your interest, and spread the word! Hey Neo—interested in helping us with a website?
I am currently co-ordinating with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network to assemble an advocacy group to save the Penn from possible demolition. Please contact me at .edu, or 734-453-1435 if you are interested in joining the effort. Thank you! Jennifer Philpot-Munson
Saw quite a few movies there back in the 1980’s Karl Malden filmed Word of Honor in PLymouth back in 1980 I beklieve you can see the Penn in some of the shots.
Thanks Lisa, pretty sad,
for your wedding and the theater, just as long as they dont alter the deco
Here a comment for ya~
I was planning on having my wedding at the Penn on August 7, 2004. The theatre had closed for some remodelling, but I was assured everything was still “go” for our wedding date. Yeah that was until yesterday when I called to get a status update and found out THEY SOLD IT! So now 4 months before my wedding I have no venue. The previous owner still isn’t sure what the new owner has planned for it. Possibly a comedy club, restaurant or a bar.
Just though you’d like to know~
I grew up in Plymouth and would ride my bike up the The Penn to see everymovie I ever saw until I was a teenager. I still live nearby and go there whenever possible it is a fine place to see a movie.
Just FYI, the Penn Theatre in Plymouth, MI has been showing first run films since No. 2002