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Mars Theatre


Address: 19100 Conant
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Wayne
Notes: AKA Mars International
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Open: 1947 Closed: 1958 Capacity:  
Owner: Julius and Raymond Gugala
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 8669
 
 

8/18/2020 - Jean Klue Hirsch
I lived on Maine Street five houses from Robinwood from 1949 until 1962. The children of this neighborhood did, indeed, go to the Mars Theater every Saturday afternoon. It was jammed, noisy with talking, laughing and kids having a good time. I saw “The Long, Long Trailer” with Lucy and Desi there. I had never seen a trailer before.

When we first moved into the area there was an old store At Coanut and 7 Mile Road, that kept live chickens in cages to sell. By 1950 it was gone. A shoemaker and repair shop stayed. The shopping center across 7 Mile had an A&P, a Kresege, a ladies clothing shop, a bakery, and a Cummingham’s drugstore.

On 7 Mile toward the west, was a “Father and Son” clothing store, a shoe store, a dentist, Dr. Upfall, and eventually a Catholic religious goods store. On the corner on Main and 7 Mile, there was a paint store which gracefully shared their paint sample chips with two small girls who grew up to artists. I went to Courville Elementary School, Nolan Junior High, and Cass TechHigh School.

There was another movie theater in the neighborhood called the Cameo. It was on 7 Mile near Nolan. It was larger than the Mars and had a mother’s room where mothers could care for their small children and still see the movie!.

5/24/2020 - Maceo A Foster
My family lived in Conant Gardens on Charest St / Robinwood in 1958/1959 and I fondly remember walking to the Mars theatre with my buddies to see the movie, The Blob, starring Steve McQueen. Yep, the aerial view is a little off as the theatre was just south of 7 mile on the west side of Conant.
12/6/2017 - Joyce Green
Mars Theatre became Lighthouse Tabernacle I believe in 1959. The address was 19009 Conant Detroit Michigan. The Pastor and founder was Rev Allie Taylor. Lighthouse Tabernacle was there from 1959 to 1974. They sold the building and moved to 8801 Woodward, Detroit changing then the name to Lighthouse Cathedral.

4/25/2010 - Vonnie C.
The arial view is a little off. The Mars Theater was just a bit south of the picture. It was just south of 7 Mile at Conant. I am in my 40''s and did not get the pleasure of going to the theater back in the day. However, I remember it standing in the 70''s.

It became a church (Lighthouse Cathedra, I believe) for a while. Then, it was torn down and a funeral home was built (owned an operated by the Solomon''s Temple Church, less than a mile from there). The funeral home existed briefly and closed. It was empty for a long time.

Then in 2007 or 2008, pastor of the Solomon''s Temple Church built his home there. Interesting history for such a a little space of land. Keep posting.

I enjoy this site.
10/16/2007 - William Neil Love
The photo is showing the wrong corner. What is being shown is the shopping center that used to house the Cunningham''s drug store, the SS Kresge''s store and the A&P Supermarket. The Mars was actually just south of the area depicted in the photo. You missed the mark by about 100 yards. I also believe it may have been open later that 1958.

I am sure of it. I used to go there each Saturday, in the fifties and see two features and a bunch of cartoons and a newsreel for about 15 cents This was the fare on Saturdays. It was a great venue for us who lived in Conant Gardens, and most of the kids I grew up with went there on Saturdays together.

12/19/2003 - Box Office Magazine
April 1959 - The sixth art film house has made its debut here, with Julius and Raymond Gugala converting the Mars in Hamtramck into the Mars International for the showing of all-color films. The opening feature was Alaska, the Great Land, a particularly timely subject as Detroiters followed with much interest the adventures of their onetime neighbors, the 59ers who went to Alaska for homesteading.
Mars Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM JIM
OLD PHOTO FROM JIM
Mars Theatre - MARS THEATER 1949 MAP FROM DAVID MAKOWSKI
MARS THEATER 1949 MAP FROM DAVID MAKOWSKI
Mars Theatre - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO

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