Russell Theatre

5335 Russell Street,
Detroit, MI 48211

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Architects: Charles Howard Crane

Styles: Renaissance Revival

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Russell Theatre

Another one of the multitude of Detroit-area theaters designed by C. Howard Crane, the Russell Theatre opened in 1917 for both vaudeville and motion pictures, and its auditorium could seat just over 1,400. It contained a full stage, a large balcony, orchestra pit, dressing rooms and theater organ (added later).

Though initially popular, attendance at the Russell Theatre decreased substantially through the late-1940’s. It closed around 1950 and has long since been razed.

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BJ71 on October 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm

This theater was built and run by my Grandfather James C. Ritter, named after his son who died at a young age.

BJ71 on October 22, 2015 at 6:23 am

My grandfather also had a brother, Russell Ritter, and the Russell Theater was on Russell St…who knows what was in his mind when he named it!

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