Kent Theatre

322 Monroe Avenue NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Previously operated by: W.S. Butterfield Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Orpheum Theatre, New Kent Theatre

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The Kent Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre was opened on November 12, 1911. It suffered damage from a fire on December 31, 1922. The Orpheum Theatre was reopened in 1923. Following a remodel it reopened on August 24, 1929 as the renamed New Kent Theatre with Richard Barthelmess in “Drag”, with seating given at 1,081. This theatre was part of the Butterfield Theaters circuit.

The Kent Theatre closed in 1955 and has since been demolished. The area where the theatre once stood is where the Devos Place Convention and Performance Center is located.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 1, 2011 at 5:43 am

Prior to being the Kent Theatre, the house at 322 Monroe Avenue was called the Orpheum. It was listed under that name in the 1922 Grand Rapids City Directory.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2011 at 4:31 am

The Orpheum is also listed at this location in the 1916 Grand Rapids City Directory.

elvelaw
elvelaw on May 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Photos of fans waiting in line to see Ralph DePalma at the Orpheum at the GR Public Museum link:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Sbv7MmFJOrA/TZ84alj0lYI/AAAAAAAAMIQ/ww9Jx8PyYf4/s530/0000666.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-vknmbwobH1Q/TZ84b6ygmkI/AAAAAAAAMIY/e-PvSdSLLXk/s545/0000667.jpg

rivest266
rivest266 on February 24, 2024 at 9:32 am

Opened as the Orpheum “The People’s Theater” on November 12th, 1911. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 24, 2024 at 12:19 pm

Closed as Orpheum on December 31st, 1922, after a fire.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 24, 2024 at 12:23 pm

and reopened later in 1923.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 24, 2024 at 4:52 pm

Reopened as Kent on August 24th, 1924. Another ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 25, 2024 at 4:49 pm

Newspaper listings for the Kent ended in 1952.

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