United Artists Theater

150 Bagley Street,
Detroit, MI 48226

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Hibi on July 19, 2018 at 1:22 pm

What’s going to happen with the theater itself?

spectrum on January 19, 2018 at 8:25 pm

The link above is glitched in the URL code. But if you copy and paste it into your browser, you’ll get there!

drb on January 12, 2018 at 9:05 pm

The whole building is getting “rehabbed” into residential units with ground level retail.


rivest266 on November 8, 2015 at 5:23 am

April 28th, 1972 grand opening ad as Downtown in photo section.

rivest266 on November 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

February 3rd, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section.

pnelson on September 22, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Tragedy to let a handsome theatre and building like this get ruined. Must have been wonderful in its youth.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

sporridge on January 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

As seen by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, in their book “The Ruins of Detroit”:

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CSWalczak on October 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm

A sad picture from the recently published book “Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins” by Dan Austin: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Detriot has serious problems in the whole city,sections look like New Orleans they just don’t have the money.

CSWalczak on July 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm

It really is too bad; the theater had its last real shot at restoration in the early 1990s when a private investor took a shot at it. Looking at the facade and what is left of the Michigan just a few doors down is enough to make one cry.

TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Nice newreel footage Tinseltoes.

0123456789 on July 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Unfortunatly there is nothing left of this theatre. It was most ornate, and had a mezzane balconly and a large main balcony. The lobby was olval shaped, and the entrance was extravagant. Now every floor of this most ornate building is gone. It will sone be gone to. Also seating 2100 people. Infact this theatre is in such bad condition you can see out. It unfortunatly can not be saved and needs to be torn down.

Twistr54 on June 10, 2010 at 8:10 am

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A few new photos of the building May 29 2010.

TLSLOEWS on May 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Nice photos looks like it has seen it better days.

Twistr54 on May 12, 2009 at 9:28 am

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This will take you to a file of a few photos I took April 24, 2009 of the buiiding. Also check out the other photo sets I have, I have some other Detroit area theatres.

JohnMLauter on November 11, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Quote:“What an awful city Detroit must be”

Hey, those are just the theatres! you should see everything else.

But seriously folks, we are the second theater city in the US behind New York by seat count (divided by # of venues), our Fox theatre is intact and has thrived for 20 years as a beautifully resored theatre, the Masonic Temple theatre has been restored, The State theatre is a rock club, can’t say much more than that but it’s there, open and somewhat clean. Our 1924 Book-Cadillac hotel just opened after a $180,000,000 renovation/restoration and the Pick-Fort Shelby Hotel is in the latter stages of renovation/restoration.
If anything we had too many theatres. Chicago (and New York and San Francisco, etc.) tore them down to put glass box office buildings up. Ours, the real estate under them isn’t that valuable so they sit and rot.

telliott on November 11, 2008 at 6:42 pm

What an awful city Detroit must be. How can any place allow such destruction of such a beautiful old theatre. And the magnificent Michigan theater becoming a parking garage of all things! Hard to believe they are in the United States.

JohnMLauter on October 9, 2008 at 10:46 am

Ehhhh—I wouldn’t classify it quite that way. There has been work done to the building to stabilize the structure, repairs have been made to the auditorium roof, quite extensively so that it may be a new roof. There is a potential taker for the building, but since they are in the mortgage business I’m thinking that might not happen for a while.
The city actually has been stepping up the inspection of buildings, what had been lax under previous administrations actually became more stringent under the Kilpatrick administration, I don’t know for a fact, but would presume that there has been a change at the management level in the city’s building department, the new guy is more of a go-getter and the Kilpatricks had little to do with it.
We all would like to see the theatre restored, it has suffered greatly over the past 30 years. I was there 33 years ago for the auction, and at that time everything was still there, all of the lobby furniture, lighting fixtures, the Wurlitzer 260-special, all tech equipment. The place had been white-washed and the procenium arch had been chewed open for wide-screen but it was all there.
If you restore it, you have to use it, and maybe make some money back. We have a lot of theatres in Detroit, two pretty big ones and some nice mid-sized theatres. I would like someone to restore and use the UA a daunting idea), but just don’t know.

bruceanthony on October 9, 2008 at 10:12 am

I recently heard work was done to the roof of this theatre. Has anyone heard what is going on with both the building and the theatre. I heard someone was interested in buying the building and using the theatre.brucec

rememberingdad on November 1, 2006 at 8:01 am

I really appreciated being able to find this information. On my recent trip to Detroit, I was looking for the United Artists and Michigan Theaters. My dad used to work at both of them and when I was a kid, I used to go to Grand Circus Park, and walk over to meet dad. I really appreciate the pictures and knowing what happened to these beautiful buildings. Thanks for all the work.

sdoerr on June 17, 2006 at 6:52 am

More activity unfolds, appears the curving awning is being removed