Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

350 Madison Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48226

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Redwards1
Redwards1 on February 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

There is an error in the description of the Cinerama screen. It was not 64 feet tall, it was 24 feet tall & 66 feet wide, with a 10 foot deep curve. I think the projection booth was moved to the rear of the first balcony for the reserved seat engagement of Lion In Winter (70mm Panavision) in 1968. The Cinerama screen was retained & the sound was excellent, in particular the deep bass resonance of John Barry’s thrilling score accompanying the opening credits. Dialogue was also crystal clear.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 26, 2012 at 2:25 am

There is an extensive gallery of photos of the restored theater here and here is a link to the Music Hall’s page at Roland Lataille’s Cinerama history site which has a considerable amount of detail about the Music Hall’s days as a Cinerama house and much memorabilia.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 20, 2007 at 2:06 am

Here is a more recent photo of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 4, 2007 at 6:25 pm

This is a photo of the Music Hall.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 5, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1977

Wilson Theatre (added 1977 – Building – #77000725)
Also known as Music Hall
350 Madison Ave., Detroit
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Smith,Hinchman & Grylls, Kapp,William
Architectural Style: Other
Area of Significance: Performing Arts, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

veyoung52
veyoung52 on November 28, 2004 at 12:00 am

Re: the introductory remarks here, “…The Music Hall was only the second Cinerama theater in the world, and supposedly the most successful.” It might not have been the most successful in terms of boxoffice, those honors probably going to the New York and Hollywood Warner’s. But the MH still racked up some impressive honors. “This Is Cinerama” ran 99 weeks, bested only by the DC Warner (100 wks), NY Warner (125 wks), and the Hollywood Warner (132 wks). However, the MH’s run of “Cinerama Holiday” was the longest of all at 81 weeks. An executive of Cinerama Theatre Operations stated in a 1957 interview in “Variety” that bus and train excursions accounted for about 40 percent of Cinerama’s attendance. By the time this was printed, a “I Have Seen Cinerama Four Times Club” had 176 local members. It was also estimated – and this is trivia at its best – that in the first 4 years of Cinerama exhibition, “…the theatre’s curtain has traveled back and forth equivalent to a distance of 75 miles. A staff of 11 projectionists used more than 1,200 pairs of nylon gloves for inspecting and rewinding the film.”

GREGORY
GREGORY on November 5, 2003 at 6:33 am

Saw my first Cinerama film at the Music Hall: SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE. I remember the screen being huge. The sound system was the best I ever heard before or since. Also saw HOW THE WEST WAS WON.