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Annex Theatre

Annex Theatre

Detroit, Michigan, United States

First Opened: 4th February 1927 (95 years ago)

Atmospheric Style: Spanish Castle

Architect: John Eberson

Status: Demolished

Former Name: Riviera Annex Theatre

Address: 8990 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48204 Link opens in new window


Overview

Originally called the Riviera Annex Theatre, the 1,824-seat theatre opened in early February 1927. The theatre was designed to accommodate overflow crowds from the Grand Riviera Theatre further down the street.

The theatre was designed by architect John Eberson in an Atmospheric style, with a Spanish castle theme. The theatre is notable for not having a balcony; quite different to most of Eberson’s other designs. The auditorium’s rear wall featured a double curved staircase wrapping around the projection booth and leading up to a grand promenade; all giving the impression of entering a grand Spanish castle.

The theatre closed in 1949 due to declining attendance, and was demolished around 1960.

Further Reading

Online

Historic Photos & Documents
Illustration of the theatre, as printed in the 30th December 1927 edition of <i>Motion Picture News</i> (JPG)
Illustration of the theatre, as printed in the 30th December 1927 edition of Motion Picture News (JPG)
Two-page feature on the theatre, from the 19th March 1927 edition of <i>Exhibitors Herald</i> (1.9MB PDF)
Two-page feature on the theatre, from the 19th March 1927 edition of Exhibitors Herald (1.9MB PDF)
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