Delft Theatre

907 Ludington Street,
Escanaba, MI 49829

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Previously operated by: Delft Theaters Inc.

Architects: Demetrious Frederick Charlton, Edwin O. Kuenzli

Firms: Charlton & Kuenzli

Functions: Bar, Nightclub

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 906.233.9610

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Delft Theatre

Planned as the Delft Opera House in 1914 it opened that year as the Delft Theatre. The architectural firm was Charlton & Kuenzli who designed the building in a Dutch style. The Delft Theatre now operates as a nightclub and bar.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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teecee on August 31, 2005 at 2:02 am

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Photos of the Delft. I really like this person’s work. If you read her bio, she is still in high school. There is a lot of time for her to photograph & discover more theaters.

JacquesStrappe on October 14, 2007 at 12:30 am

In response to TC’s comment — hey, thanks :) I’ve hit all the old theatres in Michigan now, can you believe that? Anyway, I’m up in the Marquette area, and recently hit Escanaba this past spring. It’s really great to see that the Michigan Theatre there will be showing movies again (it might be already, I haven’t visited since). The Delft, though, was looking worse for wear…

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Here is a guide if you are ever in the neighborhood:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2011 at 7:43 am

The name of one of the architects is misspelled. It should be Edwin O. Kuenzli. The page of Copper Country Architects devoted to Demetrius F. Charlton and his partners credits Kuenzli, who headed the firm’s Milwaukee office, with the design of this theater. Charlton & Kuenzli also designed the Butler Theatre in Ishpeming, Michigan.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on August 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

A single line entry in The Motion Picture World, April 24, 1915, page 591, says “The Delft, at Escanaba, has put into use its new $5000 pipe organ.” That certainly gives a timeframe for when movies began to be shown here.

dallasmovietheaters on January 11, 2016 at 11:58 pm

November 12, 1914 grand opening ad for the Delft Theatre – never as the Opera House other than in planning stages.

CJ1949 on June 15, 2019 at 7:11 pm

June 2019: this former theatre is for sale ($115,000)

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