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Looks great! Would love to batch upload with photos!
I was the photographer for that shot (as well as the entire book)
The Eastown is quite beautiful and definitely restorable (but sadly the neighborhood dooms it)
The apartment section is what burned in the fire and thanks to great building practices when it was built, the fire wall stopped any damage from occurring to the theater section.
Sadly preparation is under way to demolished this beautiful modern theater.
Demolition underway, currently interior demo
It’s still unfortunate as this was a working theater when Ilitch acquired it
The Adams is coming down this month, followed by the Fine Arts Building.
The pride of Wayne is now gone.
Louis G Redstone, architect
Closed this year as far as I know, last known it was open in December. Either way it’s closed today.
It’s all over… thanks for your support everyone.
Demolition approved by the new owner… the city of Wayne. Asbestos abatement to occur in the very near future.
Attempt underway to remove plaster decorative elements.
A piece of Wayne’s history is gone, a sad day for a city that doesn’t have much history left to spare.
Yay Yves! I had the pleasure to meet Yves on two separate occasions to photograph some locations around the city. Stunning work, to say the least.
The interior may have very little changes but the nice art deco facade is no-where to be found, hah.
Thanks for the link.
Detroit area has none.
On a current map the RKO Downtown would be seen as a parking lot. The Adams Theater is near the corner on Adams Avenue, and the United Artists in on Bagley somewhat near the corner next to a gravel lot that used to contain the Tuller Hotel.
Glad to see the Wayne Theatre present!
Scaffolding erected in front of the Adams Ave facade of the Fine Arts Building, thus I have reason to believe demolition of the Fine Arts should commence soon. Time will tell if the Adams will join the Fine Arts in the landfill.
Nothing has really changed from the info I posted April 13, 2007.
All I have heard is that bids have been taken for demo contractors for the Fine Arts (and I presume Adams). No visible changes to the theater or Fine Arts.
Hey Don if you want to see photos of the theater I took look no further, visit this link. I’m adding more shots daily.
Don, the Oriental was also known as the RKO Downtown and is located on this site at this link.
Amazing set of theaters in the building based on the photos posted above. Such a shame its just another decaying piece of our history.
The great ol' city of Detroit is featured as well.
Hyde & Williams were the architects
The damage has been done, the theater has been renamed and the marquee looks really distasteful as seen [url=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/46/FillmoreDetroitmarquee.jpg/800px-FillmoreDetroitmarquee.jpg]
at this link[/url]. This really messes up the proportions as you have the long name with a huge blank space in the center.
The place will always be known as the State to me, never by this ridiculus name!
Just razed this month.