300 W Lafayette Blvd|
|Record #13308 |
Opened: September 12, 1927|
Closed: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 1050 seats|
Architect(s): Herbert J Krapp; Drew Eberson
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Cass, Summit Cinerama, Pandora|
The Cass opened as a legitimate theater on September 12, 1927, with a production of Princess Flavia. In 1965, the theater was remodeled by architect Drew Eberson and became Detroit's second Cinerama theater, the Summit. Reopening after the 3-panel process had passed on, the 70mm projection booth was located on the main floor. The first film shown was Circus World, starring John Wayne and Rita Hayworth.
The theater failed after just a few years, in part because its program included non-Cinerama films between the 70mm SuperCinerama runs. The Summit was the first downtown roadshow house to switch to adult films and closed in 1971.
The theater later reopened as the Pandora, with Greek and other ethnic-related films, with an occasional 70mm re-release. The building was eventually razed in 1977.
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Last featured 3/2/2004. Last edited 3/21/2010.