Empire Theatre

1251 Woodward Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48226

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Architects: Fuller Claflin

Previous Names: New Empire Photoplays Theatre

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Empire Theatre

Located in downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue. This was the second Empire Theatre to operate in the city, the first was Campbell’s Empire Theatre on W. Lafayette Boulevard.

This New Empire Photoplays Theatre opened as a silent movie theatre in 1910, and closed in 1923.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on April 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

A picture of the theater from the Wayne State University Archives: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2022 at 5:04 pm

This house apparently opened as the New Empire Theatre, as that was how it was still styled in an item in the August 29, 1914 issue of Moving Picture World. At that time the house was showing feature films on Fridays and Mondays and four reels of movies from the General Film Company the rest of the week, with daily changes of program. The New Empire maintained a six-piece orchestra as well as a pipe organ.

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