Clawson Theater

116 W. 14 Mile Road,
Clawson, MI 48017

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Firms: Johnson Construction Co.

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Clawson Theater

Opened July 2, 1941, Closed 1962.

Contributed by David Zornig

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DavidZornig on May 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Past realty listings show it as having been built in 1930. But it didn’t open as a theater until 1941.

Below link updates it’s future use, with a replica of it’s original marquee. Copy & paste to view.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 11, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Here’s an item from the July 3, 1941 issue of The Film Daily:

“YESTERDAY, the new Clawson Theater, Clawson, Mich., opened with RCA sound, Brenkert projectors, and Westinghouse rectifiers.”

graymatters on April 17, 2021 at 7:55 am

My uncle Bud Johnson’s documentation includes the Clawson Theatre, at 116 W. 14 Mile Road in Clawson, as a 1941 Johnson Construction Company project, but without the year of the job. Unfortunately, my grandfather Al Johnson’s theater slides don’t include any from this job.

A photo on the “” site shows the theater with a 1954 film “Demetrius and the Gladiators” on the marquee. In that image the right-hand door is propped open and you can see that it’s a half-moon glass “Johnson door” - the style of door that my grandfather was said to have patented and is seen on dozens of the Michigan theaters that he built during the era.

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