2016 Project - Brickwork, Kitchen Ventilation, and Building Security

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Donations in the form of cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are accepted during our regular business hours (Thursday-Sunday) or by special arrangement. Donations by check can be mailed to: Friends of the Penn, P.O. Box 6462, Plymouth, MI 48170.

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2015 Project - Exterior Improvements (Marble Facade, Windows, and Exit Doors

2014 Project - Restroom Updates

In 2014, we made some much-needed updates to the restrooms. They were last renovated in the late 1960s in a style consistent with that period. With this renovation, we also took the opportunity to return to a style more consistent with the 1940s. Everything was replaced (floors, walls, ceilings, fixtures, lights, and divider walls).

2013 Project - Air Conditioning

In 2013, Friends of the Penn made significant improvements to the heating and cooling system in the auditorium. Since 1941, the Penn has been cooled by a well-water-based system. The system has been very reliable, but our movie attendance has been so good that it can no longer keep up with the crowds. The new cooling system is a hybrid of old and new technology. We kept the original well-water-based system (because it is very energy efficient) and added a refrigerant-based system to provide supplementary cooling when needed. At the same time, we replaced much of the original ductwork to eliminate leaks and improve efficiency.

2012 Project - Digital Projection

In 2012, the Penn made the conversion to digital projection (like the rest of the motion picture industry.) We still have our original 35mm projectors for classic films, but our normal weekend movies are now shown exclusively in digital format.

2011 Project - Auditorium

The auditorium renovation has been our most ambitious project to-date. The Penn was closed for three weeks while crews worked around the clock to transform the auditorium with new seating, flooring, carpet, drapery, movie screen, paint, surround speakers, aisle lights, and staging. The pictures below illustrate the dramatic change.

We celebrated our re-opening by inviting the auditorium donors to a special showing of "Mr. Blandings Builds his Dreamhouse" starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.

2010 Project - Entry Doors and Murals

Our 2010 renovation projects are complete. On your next visit to the Penn, you'll notice the new front doors. In addition to being reminiscent of the originals, they're more energy efficient and actually open and close properly. The work was completed by Daniels Glass of Detroit.

Also this year, the murals on the side of the building went through an incredible transformation. They were brought back to life through the amazing talents of Plymouth artist Janisse Larsson.

2009 Project - Marquee

Penn Theatre 2009 The Friends of the Penn thank you for supporting our 2009 renovation project, the marquee replacement. This project took almost 14 months from start to finish which included contractor selection, design, Historic Distric Commission approval, structural steel repairs, electrical upgrades, and finally the marquee removal and replacement. The work was completed by the Wagner Electric Sign Company on June 18 and we had a "Grand Re-Lighting" event on June 25.

Completed Projects

Special thanks to all of the donors who, through their generosity, have made the following projects possible:

New Boiler (December, 2006)
Stage Lighting (August, 2007)
New Electrical Service (August, 2007)
New Concession Area & Popcorn Kitchen (December, 2007)
New Air Handler (February, 2008)
Roofing Replacement (September, 2008)
Exterior Painting (October, 2008)
New Marquee (June, 2009)
DTS - Digital Theatre Sound Upgrade (July, 2009)
Mural Transformation (September, 2010)
Front Entry Doors (October, 2010)
Complete Auditorium Renovation (July, 2011)
Digital Cinema Conversion (August, 2012)
Auditorium Air Conditioning Updates (July, 2013)
Restroom Renovation (June, 2014)