Fine Arts Theatre

2952 Woodward Avenue,
Detroit, MI

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When it opened, the Addison 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, and format, from legitimate, to movies.

After decades as a first-run house, the aging theater was purchased and renovated by Joe Foster in the early 70s. Under Foster, the Fine Arts 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 90s, the theater 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.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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sdoerr on February 14, 2006 at 6:02 am

Great news!

“The Right Productions has started booking performances for the Fine Arts Theatre on Woodward in Midtown. The theater had not been in use for over a decade.

The Right Productions occupied the space late last year and is in the process of buying it. They’ve held seven events in the 1914-theater since December, including four during Super Bowl week. "

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 16, 2008 at 6:55 pm

A Robert-Morton theater organ was installed in the Fine Arts Theater in 1919.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2008 at 7:37 am

This website has photos of the Fine Arts Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 26, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Here is a July 2008 photo.

Tinseltoes on August 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

Described as the Addison in this 1915 trade report: archive

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