Detroit's Downtown Movie Palaces

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The spokelike grid of wide grand avenues radiating out from downtown Detroit allowed for a concentration of theaters initially along Monroe Street near Campus Martius and, after the second decade of the 20th century, clustered around Grand Circus Park, all easily accessible by a vast network of streetcars. In its heyday, Grand Circus Park boasted a dozen palatial movie palaces containing an astonishing total of 26,000 seats. Of these theaters, five remain today, fully restored and operational for live entertainment. Detroit, more so than any other North American city, illustrates how demographic and economic forces dramatically changed the landscape of film exhibition in an urban setting.
ISBN: 9780738541020
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Utilizing exceptional images from several sources, including the wonderful Manning Brothers Historical Collection, the Walter Reuther Archives at Wayne State University, the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library, the Fox Theater Archives, and the Theatre Historical Society of America Archives, Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon have captured the excitement of what it was like to go to the show. Hauser is marketing manager for the historic Detroit Opera House. Weldon is curator of collections for the Detroit Historical Society.
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