Madison Theatre

20 Witherell Street,
Detroit, MI 48226

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Clark0040
Clark0040 on March 16, 2014 at 4:04 am

Yes Woodstock did show at Madison. I was an Asher there. Woodstock appeared for 26 weeks then came back for another 15 weeks. I so met a very nice girl name barb and her bother was one of the asst. managers there. I would love to hear from her.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Here is a view of the Madison circa 1952:
http://tinyurl.com/yb83so8

scottmichaels
scottmichaels on January 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Terrific info and pictures, I was a projectionist here back in the early 80’s. Mostly karate flicks and horror films. Great memories, and I’m happy to have had an opportunity to work in an old movie palace.

JerryD
JerryD on October 27, 2008 at 9:10 am

Jeff VA, Yes “Woodstock” premier, was at the Maison. JerryD

JohnMLauter
JohnMLauter on January 27, 2008 at 8:04 pm

The Dead Zone was the last picture to play at the Madison, its letters stayed on the marquee for a long time and became a running joke here in Detroit.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Photo1:Splendor in the Grass with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty was released in October of 1961.

Photo2:The Dead Zone with Christopher Walken was released in October of 1983.

JohnMLauter
JohnMLauter on January 2, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Lost memory—I was part of a crew that removed the remains of the Hillgreen-Lane at the madison in 1979. It had already been picked over, and was an early “churchy” type instrument. There was a nice echo division under the balcony that was intact—we took all of that. we left the enormous manual chests, there was still organ junk in the chambers when she came down.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 12:46 pm

A Hillgreen-Lane theater organ opus 459 size 3/48 was installed in the Madison Theater in 1916 at a cost of $10,725.

jkobman
jkobman on April 22, 2007 at 1:45 pm

Did WOODSTOCK premier at the Madison?

RickinAtlanta
RickinAtlanta on February 7, 2007 at 10:44 am

I was an usher during high school at the Madison during the late 1960’s when Paint your Wagon and Woodstock had extended runs. During both I would usher patrons to their seat and often get a quarter tip!! Loved going behind the screen down the stairs to the beat up little dressing room we ushers used.

Really hated to see it go!

sdoerr
sdoerr on July 12, 2006 at 11:00 pm

My photos of the madison are all up. Click HERE to view them.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 27, 2006 at 8:34 am

Here is what the Madison theater looked like about one year ago.

sdoerr
sdoerr on February 9, 2006 at 10:41 am

They have had the building complete for a couple months. It looks very beautiful with details such as rosettes between floors, it is some great infill.

The building hosted a temporary bar for the Super Bowl. They said they plan to have it all finished in the near future

gf1940
gf1940 on December 21, 2005 at 3:50 pm

Regarding the comments above from phillster. Spartacus was an exclusive first run roadshow at the Madison. I was the Chief of Service at the Madison at the time, (later the Manager). Spartacus was a move over to the Mercury after a 1 Year run at the Madison.

sdoerr
sdoerr on September 3, 2005 at 12:22 pm

Works have been working hard on the building this past month.

Its coming along great, the first floor brick looks nice and they are currently doing the top.

sdoerr
sdoerr on July 1, 2005 at 5:46 pm

Here is the most current drawing for the building.

The building was sold as I thought so above and we are finally seeing work done to the building (work stopped a year or two ago). At the building supplies have arrived and a construction elevator installed.

Plans still call for a bar on the first floor and roof deck.

I really love this plan the building looks even more historic and beautiful than it originally did in the 20s.

When will the building be finished? Hard to tell, it won’t be done before the Super Bowl in ‘06, thats for sure.

sdoerr
sdoerr on June 12, 2005 at 6:24 pm

The Post Bar sign has been painted over in a shade of black, hopefully they sold it so something will be done with the property.

The interior is the same it has been in the last 2 years or whatnot. 3 of the projectors remaining sitting on the 3rd floor.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2005 at 7:06 am

There is a Photo Gallery of the Madison theater here:
View link

phillster
phillster on February 9, 2005 at 11:34 am

Too bad one of Detroit’s great roadshow houses was razed for a bar that never will be completed. As well as the 2 year run of SOM, there were very long runs of West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia and the 70MM version of GWTW. Spartacus did not play here. It played at the Mercury in suburban Detroit, the first non downtown theatre to be a roadshow venue sowing movies in 70MM on a reserved seat basis. As well as Spartacus, the Mercury also had thje roadshow engagements of The Alamo, Patton and The Taming of the Shrew, with Burton & Taylor. phillster on Feb 09, 2005 at 2:30 PM

sdoerr
sdoerr on July 23, 2004 at 2:08 am

It has also been said that Post Bar build their frame for their new bar 2 inches off so no one will touch it..

sdoerr
sdoerr on June 6, 2004 at 9:09 pm

Here are some great night shots of the former Madison now skeleton:
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sdoerr
sdoerr on October 28, 2003 at 3:32 pm

It was a great place, they had to raze it. Currently still today the Post Bar that razed the building to build it’s new bar has lost funding, and is just sitting there, how nice.