Miles Theatre

1220 Griswold Street,
Detroit, MI 48226

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Architects: Serenus Colburn, Frederick (Franklin) Kees

Firms: Kees & Colburn

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The Miles Theatre was opened on May 15, 1910, and was closed on December 4, 1927 with Richard Barthelmess in “The Patent Leather Kid” and it was demolished in May 1928.

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Clark Gray
Clark Gray on January 17, 2007 at 11:45 am

I thought I would mention that my great uncle, Bee Ho Gray, peformed at the Miles Theatre during the week of March 8, 1915. This was one of probably thousands of venues he played during his many years as a Vaudeville entertainer. A newspaper article about the show at the Miles can be seen at:

Clark Gray

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm

According to this page at Historic Detroit, the Miles Theatre was opened on May 15, 1910, ran its last show on Nov. 28, 1927, and was demolished around May, 1928, to make way for the Griswold Building, which is still standing.

The Miles Theatre was designed by the Minneapolis architectural firm Kees & Colburn (Franklin Kees and Serenus Colburn.)

BobHollberg on October 3, 2021 at 8:20 am

According to the Detroit Free Press archives on, the last movie shown at the Miles was The Patent Leather Kid with Richard Barthelmess. It had a successful run from October 29, 1927 to December 4, 1927. The opening day of The Patent Leather Kid was also the re-opening day of the Miles as what was described as a “road show” theater.

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