15327 E. Jefferson Avenue,
Grosse Pointe Park,
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Previously operated by: Wisper-Wetsman Theaters
Architects: Kenneth S. Frazier
Styles: Art Deco
The Esquire Theatre, a large Art Deco style neighborhood house built for the Esquire Theatre Corporation in 1938. It was later taken over by Wisper-Wetsman Theaters chain.
The Esquire Theatre served as a first-run theater for much of the time it operated, until it was acquired by R & R Theater Company in 1980, and switched to second-run features.
R & R also installed 14 video games in the lobby, which caused the city of Grosse Pointe Park to pass a law that theaters could only have a limit of five video games in their lobbies.
Causing another bit of controversy in 1982, R & R screened the notorious adult film “Debbie Does Dallas”.
A year later, Eric and Ervin Steiner purchased the Esquire Theatre not long after it was closed by R & R.
The Steiner brothers divided the Esquire into four small auditoriums, returning to first-run films. In 1988, the city closed the Esquire Theatre down and took possession of it, claiming that the theatre had become a magnet for illegal activities. It was demolished in 1990.
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