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Summit Theater

300 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit MI

Demolished 1977 Adult Theatre
Record #13308  
 Opened: September 12, 1927
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Demolished: 1977
Capacity: 1050 seats
Architect(s): Herbert J Krapp; Drew Eberson
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Cass, Summit Cinerama, Pandora

The Cass opened as a legitimate theater on September 12, 1927, with a production of Princess Flavia. In 1965, the theater was remodeled by architect Drew Eberson and became Detroit's second Cinerama theater, the Summit. Reopening after the 3-panel process had passed on, the 70mm projection booth was located on the main floor. The first film shown was Circus World, starring John Wayne and Rita Hayworth.

The theater failed after just a few years, in part because its program included non-Cinerama films between the 70mm SuperCinerama runs. The Summit was the first downtown roadshow house to switch to adult films and closed in 1971.

The theater later reopened as the Pandora, with Greek and other ethnic-related films, with an occasional 70mm re-release. The building was eventually razed in 1977.


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Last featured 3/2/2004. Last edited 3/21/2010.

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