Westown Theater

15225 Wyoming Street,
Detroit, MI 48238

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Wisper-Wetsman Theaters

Architects: Charles N. Agree

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Nearby Theaters

Westown Theater

The Westown Theater opened November 25, 1936, designed in a French-Moderne hybrid by Detroit-based Charles N. Agree, and featured an unusually extravagant marquee for a neighborhood house.

The theater could seat over 2,000, and was part of the Wisper-Wetsman Theaters chain, costing nearly $250,000 to construct.

On its opening night, guests were shown footage of themselves entering the theater before the main feature, a gimmick often used for downtown palaces' opening nights, but unusual for a neighborhood theater.

The Westown Theater closed in 1964, and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

EvanJChase on January 20, 2015 at 4:03 am

On viewing an old 1939 industrial/sales film—made by the Jam Handy company in Detroit—on Archive.org, actor James Dunn walks past and stops in front of a gorgeous old deco theatre. After some detective work, I discovered the theatre is this one—the 2000 seat Westown. The giveaway was a sign above the entrance directing patrons to park in a lot on Fenkell Avenue—obviously around the corner—also the letter “W” above the poster frame.


rivest266 on November 5, 2015 at 2:03 am

November 25th, 1936 grand opening ad in photo section.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.