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Alger Theater

2002 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
16451 E Warren Ave
Detroit MI 48224

Closed Live Theatre
Record #4159  
 Opened: 1935
 Closed: 1985
 Current Use:
Capacity: 825 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

The Alger was opened by the United Detroit circuit in August 1935 and was later part of Wisper & Wetsman's chain and then Suburban Detroit Theaters. The theater was remodeled in 1971 and again in 1977, when a stage was added.

It reopened in October 1978 as a live theater and hosted shows with the likes of the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller orchestras, but returned to full-time movies before closing again in 1983.

With another set of new owners, the Alger reopened again, showing films until a riot broke out during a showing of "Friday the 13th Part 5". Patrons reportedly trashed the theater and someone started a fire on the stage the next night.

The Alger was eventually purchased in 1987 by a group called "Friends of the Alger" and occasionally hosted live performances.

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May 2002 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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Last featured 11/28/2004. Last edited 11/28/2004.

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