- Fox Theatre (Detroit)
Infobox_nrhp | name =Detroit Fox Theatre
caption = "Foxtown" in downtown Detroit
location= 2111 Woodward Avenue
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C. Howard Crane
June 29 1989cite web|url=http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1889&ResourceType=Building
title=Fox Theater (Detroit) |accessdate=2008-06-27|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service]
June 29, 1989
governing_body = Olympia Entertainment
The Fox Theatre near
Grand Circus Parkin downtown Detroit, Michiganwas designated a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989. From the Roaring Twenties, it is one of the first theatres to feature live sound. Located within the Theatre in Detroit, this ornate performance center has 5,048 seats, (5,174 seats if removable seats placed in the raised orchestra pit are included). It is the second largest theatre in the country after the Radio City Music Hallin New York City. The Fox was fully restored in 1988.Hodges, Michael H. (September 8, 2003). [http://info.detnews.com/redesign/history/story/historytemplate.cfm?id=215 Fox Theater's rebirth ushered in city's renewal] . Michigan History, "The Detroit News". Retrieved on November 23, 2007.]
The Detroit Fox is the largest of the
Fox Theaters. Built in 1928 for William Fox, founder of 20th Century Fox, it was the first movie palaceto have live sound. The architect, C. Howard Crane, designed a lavish interior 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 building features an Art Decofacade, which at night is illuminated and can be seen for several blocks. The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouriis its architectural twin with about 500 fewer seats.
The Fox remained Detroit's premier movie destination for decades. By the 1970s the theatre was a grimy venue reduced to showing horror and Kung fu movies. Unlike other downtown theatres in the 70s like the Michigan, United Artist and Capitol the Fox managed to remain open. The 1980s brought new hope for the Fox when in 1984 Chuck Forbes, owner of State and Gem theaters, brought the prospect for renovation; however, he didn't complete his plans.
In 1988, the theatre's new owners, Mike and Marian Ilitch, fully restored the Fox at a cost of $12 million.Hodges, Michael H. (September 8, 2003). [http://info.detnews.com/redesign/history/story/historytemplate.cfm?id=215 Fox Theater's rebirth ushered in city's renewal] . Michigan History, "The Detroit News". Retrieved on November 23, 2007.]
Ilitch Holdings, Inc.is headquartered in the Fox Theater Office Building. The area of downtown near Grand Circus Parkwhich encompasses Fox Theatre is some referred to as Foxtownafter the theater . In 2000 Comerica Parkopened and helped to revitalize the area along with Ford Fieldin 2002. The Fox is Detroit’s top venue for Broadway shows.
Radio CityChristmas Spectacular was an annual favorite from 1997 through 2005. The theatre was host to the WWE Hall of Fameceremony on March 31, 2007, the night before WrestleMania 23, being held at nearby Ford Field. As well as The CondemnedWorld Premiere the night before on March 30, 2007. Other live productions have included , David Copperfield, Blue's Clues' Live!as well as show tours, such as Donny Osmond, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dora The Explorer! Live, and in April 2007, Go! Diego! Live!with Liz Coscia, after Sesame Street Liveproductions, in 1998-2008.
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
* [http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/venues/foxtheatre.jsp Official Site]
*Michigan.gov - National Historic Landmarks in Michigan: [http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17449_18638_20846-54585--,00.html| Fox Theater Building]
* [http://www.expotv.com/videos/reviews/21/188/Fox-Theater/175636 Video review of the Fox Theatre]
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