Midtown Theatre

711 W. Canfield Street,
Detroit, MI 48201

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Additional Info

Architects: Lavern R. Bennett, Eugene D. Straight

Firms: Bennett & Straight

Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Studio Midtown, Midtown Art, Midtown Follies

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Midtown Theatre

The Art Moderne style Midtown Theatre opened in 1941, and could seat 876. During the 1960’s, the theater underwent a series of name changes, as well as formats, beginning in 1962, when it was renamed the Studio Midtown. A year later, it switched to art and foreign fare as the Midtown Art. At the end of 1964, it became an adult film house as the Midtown Follies.

For the past decade or so, the former movie house has been home to a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2010 at 5:44 am

The Midtown Theatre was featured in an article in Boxoffice of December 6, 1941. It was built in a converted garage. The plans were by Dearborn architects Bennett & Straight.

JerryD on January 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Joe, There was a auto garage and auto repair shop located next to & behind the the Midtown in the 50s, owned and ran by the Buckmaster" family,I wonder if they owned the original garage that the Midtown was built on? I worked with a David Vogel. in the 60s & 70s, in the Theatre business, any relation? Jerry D.

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm

August 1st, 1962 grand opening ad as Studio Midtown in photo section.

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