Forest Theater

4635 Woodward Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48201

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Previously operated by: Midwest Theaters Co.

Architects: Fuller Claflin, Charles Howard Crane

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Forest Theater

The Forest Theater opened in 1914, and was designed by architect Fuller Claflin. The theater sat 600 and stood on Woodward Avenue at Forest Avenue, not far from Wayne State University. In 1935, the theater was remodeled by C. Howard Crane. By the early-1940’s it was operated by Midwest Theaters Co. It remained in operation for another decade or so before closing. The Forest has since been razed.

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kencmcintyre on December 28, 2006 at 9:09 pm

Here is a 1953 lawsuit filed by the buyers of the Forest:

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 8:48 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

DETROIT-“Marihuana”, being distributed locally by Charles Garner, has just been booked for the Forest, Belmont, Loop, Granada, Colonial and Majestic theaters, Garner reports, after playing in a six-year record at the Columbia.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 9, 2016 at 10:05 am

During the early silent era, the Forest Theatre drew patronage from all over the city to hear a gigantic instrument made locally by the Detroit Organ Company.

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