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Photo from the Farmington Civic Theater web page

Looking Back: Farmington Civic Theater, 1940s to today

Farmington Press | Published March 26, 2018

Photo provided by Farmington City Councilwoman Maria Taylor

FARMINGTON — Movies and air conditioning were both big draws for the Farmington Civic Theater, as the sign in this late 1940s photo suggests.

The theater has been a fixture in the Detroit area since 1940 and was designed in an Art Moderne style by C. Howard Crane, the same man who designed the Fox Theatre in Detroit. With a tall blade sign featuring neon letters and a canopy over the entrance, the Farmington Civic Theater is an icon in downtown Farmington.    

In 1990 the balcony was converted into a second theater by architect Louis Wiltse. Nine years later, the city of Farmington purchased the theater from then-owner Greg Hohler, whose father, Ed, owned it before him. The city refurbished and enhanced the FCT with an updated sound system, along with cushioned seats with armrests and drink holders.

The city’s involvement was designed to retain the theater in Farmington’s downtown, acknowledging its importance to the community as a landmark and an attraction.

Movies cost $5, cash only. 

— Information provided by the Farmington Civic Theater and Farmington City Councilwoman Maria Taylor

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