Detroit historic theatres tour
DETROIT MI — The annual Preservation Wayne Historic Theatre Tour in Detroit will be held August 9th. The tour is almost always a sellout and tickets should be booked early.
This year’s tour will be highlighted by a look at what remains of the original grand lobby of the Oriental Theatre on West Adams Street. The 3,000-seat auditorium was demolished in the 1950s, but the lobby remains. It has been sealed off for much of the past 50 years.
The tour lasts about 4 hours and leaves every thirty minutes from 9 am to 11:30 am from the lobby of the Fillmore Detroit (formerly the State Theatre), at Woodward Avenue at Elizabeth Street. Theatres to be toured this year include the Gem, Century, Michigan and Fox theaters. The Fox will offer a demonstration of its Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ with Dave Calendine on the console. A box lunch will be served at the Detroit Opera House, also part of the tour.
Tickets, $40, are available through www.preservationwayne.org or at 313-577-7674.
(Thanks to J'ossettelope for providing the photo.)