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Looking Back

February 1924

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in February 1924. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

For more information about these theaters, see Cinema Treasures or Water Winter Wonderland.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Lon Chaney opened in Detroit at the Adams on Sunday, February 24, 1924. It had earlier opened in New York City on September 2, 1923 and in Los Angeles on November 18, 1923.

At the Adams, The Hunchback of Notre Dame succeeded The Stranger (Richard Dix, Betty Compson).

Other Detroit movies when The Hunchback of Notre Dame opened in Detroit were Thy Name is Woman (Ramon Novarro, Barbara Lamarr) at the Capitol; Flowing Gold (Anna Q. Nilsson, Milton Sills) at the Madison; Thundering Dawn (J. Warren Kerrigan, Anna Q. Nilsson, Tom Santschi) at the Fox Washington; and Anna Christie (Blanche Sweet, George Marion, William Russell) at the Regent.

Also showing were Black Oxen (Corinne Griffith, Conway Tearle) at the Orpheum; D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation at the New Liberty; Tiger Rose (Lenore Ulrich) at the Broadway-Strand; The Song of Love (Norma Talmadge) at the LaSalle Garden; and The Eternal City (Barbara La Marr, Lionel Barrymore, Bert Lytell) at the Miles.

Also in town were Where the North Begins (Rin Tin Tin) at the Lakewood; Why Worry? (Harold Lloyd) at Lincoln Square; Quicksands (Richard Dix) and the 1917 Charlie Chaplin short comedy The Adventurer at the New Plaza; and Rosita (Mary Pickford) at the Tuxedo.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame played at the Adams until March 22, 1924, before being replaced with The White Sister (Lillian Gish).

The Hunchback of Notre Dame returned to Detroit on November 3, 1928, when it opened at the Little Theatre, which specialized in “Unusual and Artistic Films.”

Ann Arbor audiences were treated to the opening of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Arcade on Sunday, May 4, 1924 after a run of Fools Highway (Mary Philbin).

Also playing in Ann Arbor when The Hunchback of Notre Dame opened were The Common Law (Corinne Griffith, Conway Tearle) and the Stan Laurel short comedy Smithy at the Wuerth; and Riders Up (Creighton Hale, Barbara Shannon) at the Orpheum. At the Majestic, comedians Roscoe Ails and Kate Pullman performed live on stage, along with the movie Mademoiselle Midnight (Mae Murray).

The Hunchback of Notre Dame played at the Arcade for one week before being replaced on May 11 by Cecil B. DeMille’s Triumph (Leatrice Joy, Rod La Rocque).

The Hunchback of Notre Dame returned to Ann Arbor on October 5, 1924 when it screened at the Orpheum.


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