2001 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
1583 W Fort St|
Lincoln Park MI
|Record #13241 |
Closed: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 600 seats|
Architect(s): C Howard Crane
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Lincoln Park|
Built in 1925 by M.R. Levy, the 600-seat Park Theater was designed by prominent Detroit theater architect C. Howard Crane. It featured polychrome chandeliers, valour drapes and cork aisle floors to allow noiseless walking. A three manual pipe organ was supposed to be installed, but never was.
The theater was truly a part of the community. At the height of the depression, the manager issued free tickets at Christmas to whose residents who could not otherwise afford to attend a movie. During World War II, the theater was used as a campaign headquarters for war bond rallies.
The theater was, at some time, remodeled and the original vertical marquee and canopy were replaced with a porcelain enameled steel marquee.
In the mid-1970s, the Park turned to adult fare to make ends meet. This resulted in battles with city officials and lawsuits. To tone down its presence, the storefront windows have been filled and the Fort Street doors have been replaced with fire doors that open from the interior.
The auditorium was demolished in 2008 and the facade now advertises the apartments built on the site.
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August 2001 photos from the Adam Martin collection.
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