Century Theater

6511 14th Street,
Detroit, MI 48208

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Previously operated by: Publix Theaters Corporation

Architects: Christian W. Brandt

Previous Names: LaSalle Garden Theater

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Century Theater

The LaSalle Garden Theatre opened August 29, 1920, and as its name would imply, featured an auditorium decorated to resemble a walled garden, similar to C. Howard Crane’s Garden Theatre, better known by its later name, the Sassy Cat.

It was designed by Christian W. Brandt, and was one of the largest of his many Detroit-area movie houses, seating just under 2,000.

The theater was renamed the Century Theater on March 8, 1930 when it was taken over by Publix. It remained in operation until 1954.

During the 1970’s, the former theater was completely gutted, and rebuilt as a car wash, which has long since been torn down.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

According to the July 5, 1930, issue of Exhibitors Herald World, Publix had acquired the La Salle Garden Theatre in Detroit and reopened the house as the Publix Century Theatre.

rivest266 on November 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm

August 29th, 1920 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on November 5, 2015 at 12:36 am

March 8th, 1930 grand opening ad for century in photo section.

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