Lincoln Theatre

6034-36 Fort Street W,
Detroit, MI 48209

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Previously operated by: Wisper-Wetsman Theaters

Architects: Charles N. Agree, Fred F. Swirsky

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Lincoln Square Theatre

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Lincoln Theatre

The Lincoln Square Theatre, designed by Fred F. Swirsky opened with the anti-German feature “To Hell With the Kaiser” on September 2, 1918. In 1936, the “Square” portion of its name was dropped, and it was remodeled by Charles N. Agree in Art Deco style.

In the 1960’s, the organ from the Cinderella Theatre was moved to the Lincoln Theatre for several years. The Lincoln Theatre was closed in 1971, and torn down a few years later.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

The Lincoln Square Theatre was part of a large multi-use project. A 1922 biographical sketch of Harold M. Smilansky, an officer of the Lincoln Square Building Company, described the block-square project as being

“…of steel and brick construction, with stone and tile trimmings, one section three stories and the other six stories in height. The main building contains fourteen stores fronting on Fort street; one hundred and ten five-room apartments; four suites of offices for physicians and dentists; a large dancing school; the largest one-floor theatre in Detroit, seating two thousand persons, and a six-story warehouse of solid brick and steel construction which contains thirty thousand square feet of floor space.”
The web site Buildings of Detroit names Fred F. Swirsky as the architect of both the Lincoln Square Theatre and a Detroit house called the Medbury Theatre, which was located at 5848 Hastings Street.

gddavis on March 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I would love to have more information on this, pictures would be great, I grew up living in an apartment facing fort street back in 1966. I cant seem to find any other information regarding this building, I remember it being a beutiful building, please contact me back if anyone can find more information. Thank you, Glinda

gddavis on March 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm

please contact me if anyone has any other information.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

Glinda: I’ve never been able to find any photos of the building or of the theater. I’d like to see some myself. The article from which I quoted in my earlier comment is in this book at Google Books. The brief biographies of both Louis Smilansky and Harold Smilansky both mention the Lincoln Square project, but the biography of Harold is the one with the description from which I quoted.

gddavis on March 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Thank you, Joe: I cant understand why there isnt any pictures, I remember black rod iron gates that were at the entrances of the court yard and the theater was decorated beutiful, there was a doctors office, my mother work for (Dr. Menye) not sure if that is the right spelling, Dentist office was right next door and the court yard was a site to see in its day. If you find anything else in the future, please contact me back. I am going to continue to look for more information and will post if I happen to find anything else. It is nice to see the architect of the old detroit buildings from the past.

gddavis on March 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Maybe if I look for (Lincoln Square Building Company) it will have some archeives of past building projects they did.

gddavis on March 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I wonder if the Cadillac Realty company has anything listed about the Lincoln Square apartment building.

gddavis on March 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

In 1936, the “Square” portion of its name was dropped, and it was remodeled by Charles N. Agree in Art Deco style. Maybe using this information we can find more about it, maybe pictures. I am going to keep researching using different avenues.

sdoerr on March 15, 2020 at 4:22 am

I’ve located some interior photographs:

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