Detroit’s Magnificent Fox Theater

Posted by Ross Melnick on June 14, 2011 at 8:37 am

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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 5, 2011 at 5:09 am

A very BIG “thank you” to Little Caesars Pizza for such generous foresight in preserving this cavernous movie palace. And if only someone in San Francisco had saved their awesome Fox, if only!

TLSLOEWS on July 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Yes thanks Little Caesars for saving this great theatre.

joeintiffin on July 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

Little Ceasers and I thank you for saving a palace from the past!

DavidRobey on October 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Beautiful venue! Thanks to Little Caesars Pizza for saving such an important landmark. I have never been to Detroit but have great respect for the residents of the Motor City and this is a true example that great strides can be made to better such a symbolic city. GO TIGERS!

edlambert on May 30, 2014 at 3:39 am

A bit late in responding to DavidRobey, who posted on my birthday! The Fox Theater’s presentation of the first CinemaScope film, “The Robe,” back in October 1953 was my birthday present that year. It, along with “This Is Cinerama” at the nearby Music Hall, drew me to a lifelong interest in widescreen films.

A few years ago, following restoration of the Fox, there was an occasional screening of some of the widescreen films. I took my daughter to see “West Side Story” on one such occasion. Alas! Two huge banks of speakers had been suspended from the ceiling at the sides of the proscenium, from which all six soundtracks originated, or so it seemed.

At my last visit to the theater a couple years ago, the speaker banks were still in place. They are an awkward intrusion on the design of the auditorium. Too bad a better, aesthetically pleasing system for film sound reproduction—and for live onstage productions—hadn’t been incorporated in the auditorium during its restoration.

The theater sees heavy usage and is overdue for refurbishing.

Only Radio City Music Hall has a larger seating capacity.

Yes, the Fox is one of Detroit’s gems, right across the street from the new home of the Detroit Tigers, a stadium offering great views of the Detroit skyline beyond the right outfield.

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