I love the swaggering poses of the fellows in the back row and that Charlie Chaplain look-a-like. Are they hanging out with the usher because they want to audition their "Vaudeville act"? - get a free pass into the movie? The usher looks like he knows he's the best looking guy in the group. And the only one with a uniform. And the only one with a real job. And makes $2.00 a week.
Those barefoot lads in the front look like they're just happy to be able to hang out with the big guys without getting whacked on the head or having their hats thrown up on a roof.
The Davison Theater, on Davison Street is long gone, and I could find no information about it. Davison Street, named for Jarad Davison, an early settler, has an interesting history. The street ran through Highland Park, a Detroit suburb, which like Hamtramck, is completely surrounded by Detroit.
Davison Street was the only major through way in Highland Park that ran end to end into Detroit. It was gridlocked during rush hours.
Progress and the need for access to the defense plants during WWII dictated the demise of the old street and - perhaps - the Davison Theatre.
The Davison became the first urban depressed freeway in the United States. Depressed, because it was dug below road level to allow for overpasses. It opened without fanfare in November, 1942. The Davison has been widened and extended over the years and continues to provide access to Detroit and the huge spiderweb of freeways in the Detroit area.
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