Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48201

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nritota
nritota on January 1, 2009 at 8:00 am

My wife and I went to the theatre last night for new years eve with Bare Naked Ladies. We went in over an hour early to take in all of the sights, and even that wasn’t enough time! The more you look at the detail, the more that you can see of this beautiful house.

Even though BNL can rock the house, I can’t imagine what a full fledged rock concert could bring. We sat in the mezzanine and could see the rail rise and fall with the sway from the crowd. Architecturally amazing that this cantilever still performs 80 years later.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 17, 2008 at 9:33 am

FYI. There is a brief glimpse of the Fox marquee in a current Kid Rock music video, “Roll On” or something.
It features KR driving around the Detroit area in an `60’s Lincoln convertable.

A giant fenced-in classic building with arches is also featured. Presumably an abandoned auto manufacturer’s headquarters.

DetroitDerek
DetroitDerek on January 15, 2008 at 6:26 am

I got to play here once, amazing stage. Here is a close-up of the sign ( very cool ) , taken in mid-October 2007.

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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm

I saw Rossanne Barr here in concert in the early 90s. Not the best theatre for that kind of show but im sure big touring musicals and movies are amazing in this beautiful auditorium.

uptownjen
uptownjen on October 18, 2007 at 5:59 pm

little caesar’s may own it, but at least they haven’t changed the name. i saw wilco there last night and didn’t see any sign of little caesar’s other than banners in the concession stand advertising pizza for sale.

speaking of concessions, the candied warm nuts they sell just inside the door are delicious!!!!! what a great theater, in every possible way. it gives me hope that chicago’s uptown, which i live near, can still be saved from near-death.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 22, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Excellent photos of the Fox here:

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you could easily spend half an hour looking at them all.

It is, without a doubt, one of America’s magnificent buildings.

vic1964
vic1964 on September 17, 2007 at 1:52 pm

It was close to 4000!He had 3 other comedians from the Howard Stern show open for him and it was a great show.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 17, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Jeez…can Artie Lange fill a 5,000 seat theater? Who else was on the bill?

vic1964
vic1964 on September 17, 2007 at 1:24 pm

I went to the Fox to see Artie Lange on the 15th of september and was completely awestruck.The show was good also.

JohnMLauter
JohnMLauter on August 11, 2007 at 1:50 am

Aahhhh………….saps, that was the whole idea, and it was a lot less than a dollar. The palaces were very elaborate grind houses that entertained huge numbers of people every day, not just concert events as most of the survivors today are used.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 9, 2007 at 8:54 am

I’m always amazed that once upon a time you could just go to the movies at these places — you know, walk up to the box office, pay a dollar or two (and often less!), and suddenly you’re whisked away for a few hours of magic.

rlvjr
rlvjr on January 14, 2007 at 6:46 pm

Unlike most theaters listed in Cinema Treasures, Detroit’s FOX THEATRE is fully restored, operating a year-round calendar of shows, is attended by thousands, and is the most magnificent theatre I’ve ever seen. Do a search for olympiaentertainment.com for a full schedule, and the next time you eat a Little Caesar’s pizza, keep in mind that’s where the restoration money came from. They own it now.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 28, 2006 at 4:21 pm

Did I mention that the roof sign is sweet?

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FOX2211
FOX2211 on August 21, 2006 at 12:06 pm

Just a note to let everyone know, the projection equipment is still at the FOX in Detroit and is still is GREAT working order. Just last month there was a movie there, “Field of Dreams”

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 24, 2006 at 1:11 pm

Lost Memory’s photo gallery above includes a picture of the entire roof sign.

It is sweet.

And I never picked up on the fact that this place has 5,000 seats!!!

Holy Moses!!!

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 20, 2006 at 5:33 pm

This isn’t perfect for this page, but I doubt the Philadelphia Fox was built by the Mastbaums for their competitors. They were builders, so I am open to hearing the proof, but it doesn’t sound right to me.
I know Glazer says the Philly Fox building was a duplicate of NYC’s Loews State, but I don’t know if the entire interior of the theater was a twin.
I’m also disliking the long ownership chain. If not earlier, at least when Warner disappears from the name, there’s no resemblence to any former company.

William
William on May 3, 2006 at 9:47 am

The parent company National General also operated the Roxy Theatre in NYC. The Fox Theatre in Detroit opened on Sept. 21st 1928.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 19, 2006 at 9:44 pm

National Theatres had two Fox Theatres that were seperate from Fox West Coast Theatres, Fox Mid-West Theatres, Fox Wisconsin Theatres, and Fox Inter-Mountain Theatres. They were this Fox Theatre, and The Fox Theatre in Philadelphia. The Fox Theatre in Philadelphia was built by Stanley and Jules Mastbaum, of The Stanley Company of America (later known through mergers as Stanley Warner Theatres, RKO Stanley Warner Theatres, RKO Century Warner Theatres, Cineplex Odeon Theatres, and now as AMC Loews Theatres). I believe National Theatres purchased The Fox in Philadelphia from Stanley Warner in 1946, and later sold it to Milgram Theatres in 1969.

When The Fox Theatre in Philadelphia closed in 1980, it’s former backstage area was a seperate theatre, called Milgram’s Stage Door Cinema Theatre. The Fox Theatre in Philadelphia was a 100% duplicate of the Loew’s State Theatre in NYC.

sdoerr
sdoerr on January 27, 2006 at 9:04 pm

Great new on the tower

As of last night it was up and running, the LED lighting and animated star, looks quite nice!

EAGLE8
EAGLE8 on January 27, 2006 at 6:06 am

SORRY I’VE OFFENDED YOU!

RELIGION OFFENDS ME TOO!

RELATIONSHIP..WITH THE LORD, DOES NOT!

I PRAY YOU TO WILL KNOW HIM… IN A PERSONAL WAY,
THEN YOU TOO WILL DESIRE TO SHARE YOUR JOY OF HIM,
TO EVERY ONE YOU CAN.

NO MATTER WHAT LIFE HAS DELT TO YOU,… GOD STILL
LOVES YOU AND HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.

MY PURPOSE WAS NOT TO OWN THE FOX!

HE’S A GOOD GOD!

BUFORD DOWELL

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 26, 2006 at 4:15 pm

Speaking only for myself, your interest in the theater is appreciated. I could do without the religious propaganda, though. Plenty of other websites for that.