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Performing Arts Centers in Michigan: Fox Theatre (Detroit, Michigan), the Fillmore Detroit, Detroit Opera House, Detroit Masonic Temple

Performing Arts Centers in Michigan: Fox Theatre (Detroit, Michigan), the Fillmore Detroit, Detroit Opera House, Detroit Masonic Temple

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Chapters: Fox Theatre (Detroit, Michigan), the Fillmore Detroit, Detroit Opera House, Detroit Masonic Temple, Orchestra Hall (Detroit, Michigan), Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 35. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Fox Theatre (Detroit, Michigan) - The Detroit Fox is one of five spectacular Fox Theatres built in the late 1920s by film pioneer William Fox. (The others were the Fox Theatres in Brooklyn, Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Francisco.) It was designed by architect C. Howard Crane with a lavish interior featuring a blend of Burmese, Chinese, Indian and Persian motifs. There are three levels of seating, the Main Floor above the orchestra pit, the Mezzanine, and the Gallery (balcony). The exterior of the attached 10-story office building features a facade with Asian motifs which, when illuminated at night, can be seen for several blocks. The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri is its architectural twin with about 500 fewer seats. The Fox was the first movie theater in the world to be constructed with built-in equipment for sound films. The Fox Film Corporation's patented sound-on-film system "Movietone" enabled the theater to present sound films from the time of its opening. The Fox opened September 21, 1928 and remained Detroit's premier movie destination for decades. By the 1970s the theater had become an aging venue. But unlike other downtown Detroit theaters in the 1970s, such as the Michigan and United Artists, the Fox managed to remain open. The 1980s brought new hope for the Fox when in 1984 Chuck Forbes, owner of the State and Gem theaters, proposed a renovation project. These plans were never completed, but in 1988 the theater was acquired by new owners, Mike and Marian Ilitch, who fu...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=1570116