Keno Theatre

12240 Grand River Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48204

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Styles: Renaissance Revival

Previous Names: Amsterdam Theatre

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Keno Theatre

Opened in 1924 as the Amsterdam Theatre, this smallish movie house opened not far from the larger Tower Theatre, on Grand River Avenue, and could seat around 400.

It was renamed the Keno Theatre in the late-1940’s, but was shuttered by 1950. It has since been razed. In 2021 the site remains an empty plot.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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orsonwellescinema on April 18, 2022 at 1:21 pm

Thought I’d share this message from my Mom. Yesterday afternoon she mentioned that two of her favorite theaters when she was a kid in Detroit (late 40s, early 50s) were the Keno and the Tower theaters. She sent this after I sent her this page from Cinematreasures…

I am in awe of you. It was the Amsterdam theater when I was very little..then the Keno. WOW. It takes me back. They had double features w/cartoons and news for 14 cents. They had gift night when you got a free dinner plate and if you kept coming on gift night you’d end up w/a set of 8 plates. All for 14c. The Tower was bigger and much nicer but a long walk for a small kid but I did it. It was 70 cents..but I managed it between the seats of chairs and the sofa plus I stole from Uncle Jim’s easy hiding place. He was such a good boy🤣🤣. I was obviously questionable.

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