Capri Theater

22427 Gratiot Avenue,
Eastpointe, MI 48021

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Architects: Lavern R. Bennett, Eugene D. Straight

Firms: Bennett & Straight

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: East Detroit Theater

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Capri Theater

Originally opened as the East Detroit Theater on November 27, 1935. It was in Eastpointe, which used to be East Detroit.

It was later renamed Capri Theater from October 8, 1965 and was descibed as an art theater. It later became an ‘adults only’ theater. A 1975 photo of the theater can be seen below.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2009 at 3:37 am

The East Detroit Theatre opened Wednesday, November 27, 1935, as announced in Boxoffice of November 30. The 700-seat house was independently operated by Jeff Williams, who also operated the Roseville Theatre in the nearby town of that name.

Boxoffice called the design of the theater, done by the Dearborn firm of Bennett & Straight, “modernistic.” Most of that firm’s early to middle 1930s designs for neighborhood theaters of this size were what could be called a budget Art Deco.

Unfortunately, the only photo I can find (at Water Winter Wonderland) was taken after a later remodeling that gave the front a 1960’s-style fake mansard. But I guess it’s the sort of thing you’d expect in a town that would rename itself Eastpointe.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 12:37 pm

October 8th, 1965 grand opening ad in photo section as Capri.

DavidZornig on August 20, 2019 at 8:13 pm

1950 image as East Detroit Theatre added via Vince Nesticoā€ˇ.

davidcoppock on August 21, 2019 at 6:47 pm

Opened with “Bambole!” and “Madame”.

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