Moran Theatre

5467 Moran Street,
Detroit, MI 48211

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Previous Names: Zellah Theatre

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Located on Moran Street at the corner with E. Ferry Street in the Poletown East district of Detroit. The 385-seat Zellah Theatre was opened by 1914. Around 1942 it was renamed Moran Theatre. Seated 346 according to its listing in The Film Daily Yearbook’s of 1950-1951. Was operated as of 1949 by Felix L. Goletz.

When Googling the address, many modern phone directory listings come up identifying it as the St Paul Missionary Baptist Church and the Google street view shows an old building (that looks like it was a theatre, meaning the theatre building most likely existed as of that Googlemobile passing) with a professional sign stating the above noted church name hanging from the front however nothing but these basic listings shows up on Google when searching that church name and address-there are no websites, social media pages,etc. The phone number is still in service as of 04/06/14 however it goes to a generic voicemail that states nothing but the number.

The neighborhood, again, judging from the Google street view, seems to be in a very blighted area with most neighboring (and every building across the street) having been demolished and the theatre (church) being one of the few remaining. Considering this as well as Detroit rapidly demolishing unused buildings in blighted areas these days, there is some chance that the church closed since the Googlemobile’s last visit.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on September 1, 2022 at 8:10 am

First ads as the Zellah Theatre appear in 1914

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on September 1, 2022 at 9:08 am

Google Streetview of June 2019 shows the theatre building still standing. It appears to be vacant and in good repair. Probably being used for storage.

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