Fine Arts Theatre
2952 Woodward Avenue,
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When it opened, the Addison Theatre was a legitimate theater, which was designed by C. Howard Crane in 1913. It could seat 582 and opened in early-1914.
Less than a year later, however, it changed its name, to the Fine Arts Theatre, and format, from legitimate, to movies.
After decades as a first-run house, the aging theatre was purchased and renovated by Joe Foster in the early-1970’s. Under Foster, the Fine Arts Theatre screened classic and family movies.
However, in 1980, it was closed again, the last films being a double feature of "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Song of the South".
During the 1990’s, the theatre was used on and off as a nightclub, featuring jazz, rap and comedy concerts, as well as dining. It was shut down by the city in 1998 and has stood vacant ever since.
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