Fine Arts Theatre

2952 Woodward Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48201

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Architects: Charles Howard Crane

Previous Names: Addison Theatre

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Fine Arts Theatre

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.

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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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

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