(DCH) The Ramona Theatre
In Michigan, United States
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Detroit Cinema History:
The Ramona Theatre
13709 Gratiot - Detroit
OPEN: 1929 | CLOSED: 1977 | SEATS: 2,020
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-4/25/2013 page update-
The Ramona Theater, as it looked in the early 1930's.
The Ramona Theatre was a landmark that stood-watch over the Northwest corner of McNichols and Gratiot Ave for many, many years and was enjoyed by many, many patrons looking for first-run films in a very "grand environment", very rarely seen nowadays.
The Ramona Theatre, which opened in 1929, was designed by the firm of Kohner & Payne, and closely resembled the Grand Riviera Theatre (or Riviera, on Grand River Ave in West-Side Detroit) which was designed by John Eberson.
Interior of the Ramona
Like the Riviera, the Ramona Theatre had a domed hexagonal lobby, and its exterior was built to resemble an Italian palazzo.
The Ramona was owned by the United Detroit Theaters, the same company that owned WXYZ Radio in the late 20's and 30's. Since WXYZ was home to the Lone Ranger radio show, the man who played the masked man, Brace Beamer, would do appearances on stage in custume with his horse Silver. The United Detroit Theaters also owned the Michigan Theater, United Artists, State, Fisher, Riviera and Eastown theaters.
In 1964, the film 'A Hard Day's Night' played at the Ramona and it was said that you couldn't hear the soundtrack because of the screaming girls in the theater.
1950-51 nighttime view of the Ramona
Later on, it was noted that competition from the nearby Warren Cinema at 8 mile & Schoenherr (approx 1.5 miles north) may have caused business at the aging Ramona Theater to fall off in the late-1960’s and early-1970’s, and led to the Ramona's closing in 1977. Like many of the aging theatres, there were also rock concerts that played at the venue for several years prior to its closing. Unfortunately, the end came for the Ramona and it was demolished in early 1978.
An ad for a concert in October 1976
The land that was formerly occupied by the grand palace known as the Ramona is now part of the Michigan Bell / Ameritech / AT&T employee Parking area.
My family lived in this area and i recall passing the Ramona many, many times when it was here. It was a well-known and memorable landmark in the area. I was truly saddened when it was demolished... and this is why i dedicate this cache to the Memory of the Ramona Theatre.
This is NOT a difficult hide. The Difficulty is in the area and being stealthy.
The Cache is designed to bring you here... and give you some history.
please email me and i will include it in the description.
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Last Updated: on 8/3/2015 4:04:25 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:04 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum