East Side Theatre

2717 Gratiot Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48207

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Architects: Lavern R. Bennett, George V. Pottle, Eugene D. Straight

Firms: Bennett & Straight

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East Side Theatre

The East Side Theatre was located on Gratiot Avenue just east of Chene Street. It was opened in 1910 by Sam Ackerman seating 782. It originally had a Wurlitzer pipe organ that is now in the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oaks. In 1925, the theatre was remodeled by architect George V. Pottle. In 1937 it was remodelled by architectural firm Bennett & Straight.

The East Side Theatre operated some 50 years by the Ackerman family and later by David Korman. It closed in 1959 and later was converted to a church which has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on June 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

Wurlitzer theatre organ opus 1815 replaced an earlier, smaller Wurlitzer, their opus 1139 which had been installed in the East Side on 08/19/1925. Wurlitzer took Opus 1139 in trade and later sold it to the Sylvia Theatre in Bellevue, Kentucky.

dallasmovietheaters on August 19, 2016 at 3:33 am

Architects Bennett & Straight remodeled the East Side Theatre in 1937. Images in photos.

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