Detroit's Downtown Movie Palaces

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Arcadia Publishing, 2006 - History - 127 pages
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The spokelike grid of wide grand avenues radiating out from downtown Detroit allowed for a concentration of theaters initially along Monroe Street near Campus Martius and, after the second decade of the 20th century, clustered around Grand Circus Park, all easily accessible by a vast network of streetcars. In its heyday, Grand Circus Park boasted a dozen palatial movie palaces containing an astonishing total of 26,000 seats. Of these theaters, five remain today, fully restored and operational for live entertainment. Detroit, more so than any other North American city, illustrates how demographic and economic forces dramatically changed the landscape of film exhibition in an urban setting.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Monroe Street and Environs
9
The Move to Grand Circus Park
23
The Capitol Theatre
45
4 The Michigan Theatre
61
The Fabulous Fox Theatre
73
The United Artists Theater
91
The Wilson Theater
103
The Gem and Telenews Theaters
113
Lost but Not Forgotten Theaters
121
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Utilizing exceptional images from several sources, including the wonderful Manning Brothers Historical Collection, the Walter Reuther Archives at Wayne State University, the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library, the Fox Theater Archives, and the Theatre Historical Society of America Archives, Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon have captured the excitement of what it was like to "go to the show." Hauser is marketing manager for the historic Detroit Opera House. Weldon is curator of collections for the Detroit Historical Society.

Utilizing many of Davis Hillmeras exquisite images, as well as those from other collections, authors Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon have captured the glory years of Detroitas famous retail entity. Michael Hauser is marketing manager for the Detroit Opera House and was guest curator for the aRemembering Downtown Hudsonasa exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum. Marianne Weldon is an objects conservator working for the Detroit Historical Museums as their collections coordinator.

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