United Artists Theatre Building


United Artists Theatre Building

Infobox Skyscraper
building_name = United Artists Theatre Building

| built = 1928
use = vacant, proposed residential
location = 150 Bagely Street
Detroit, Michigan USA
roof = 230 ft (70 m)
top_floor =
antenna_spire =
floor_count = 18
floor_area =
architect = Charles Howard Crane, Elmer George Kiehler| skyscraperpage_id = |

The United Artists Theatre Building is a vacant high-rise tower in downtown Detroit, Michigan, standing at 150 Bagely Street. It was constructed in 1928 and stands 18 stories tall. The building was designed by architect C. Howard Crane in the renaissance revival architectural style, and is made mainly of brick. Until 1973, it was a first-run movie house and office space. The United Artists Theatre, designed in a Spanish-Gothic design, sat 2,070 people, and after closing served from 1978 to 1983 as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's recording theater. After the theater closed, the office block struggled as tenants moved to suburbs. It finally closed in 1984. An original 10-story, vertical UA sign was replaced in the 1950s with a marquee that remained until 2005. The building once shared a lot with the now demolished Hotel Tuller.

In preparation for the 2006 NFL Super Bowl, graffiti was removed from all the windows of the building, and the lower levels received a coat of black paint to hide the graffiti work at the base of the building. The old theater marquee was also removed.

In 2006, Ilitch Holdings announced it would market the building jointly with the City of Detroit owned Statler Hotel.

References and further reading

*Cite book | author=Hauser, Michael and Marianne Weldon| title= Downtown Detroit's Movie Palaces (Images of America)| year=2006 | publisher= Arcadia Publishing | id=ISBN 0-7385-4102-8
*Cite book | author=Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher | title= AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture| year=2002 | publisher= Wayne State University Press | id=ISBN 0-8143-3120-3
*Cite book | author=Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C.P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A.I.A.| title=Detroit Architecture A.I.A. Guide Revised Edition | year= 1980| publisher= Wayne State University Press| id = ISBN 0-8143-1651-4
*Cite book | author= Sharoff, Robert | title=American City: Detroit Architecture| publisher=Wayne State University Press| year=2005| id=ISBN 0-8143-3270-6

External links

*"Detroit News". [http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060113/BIZ/601130398 "Ilitches lift city hopes."] 13 January, 2006.
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=150+Bagley,+Detroit,+MI+48214&ie=UTF8&z=17&ll=42.335549,-83.052328&spn=0.004497,0.013497&t=k&om=1 Google Maps location of United Artists Theatre Building]
* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=156970 United Artists Theatre Building details at Emporis.com]
* [http://www.skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=25304 SkyscraperPage.com's Profile on United Artists Theatre Building]


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