Detroit’s Fox Theatre is the city’s most distinguished venue for performing arts. The Fox Building was constructed in 1928, and included a 10-story office building in addition to the opulent movie house that featured all of the blockbuster films of the day. It was the world’s first movie theatre to feature built-in sound equipment, and is also the largest surviving theatre of the Jazz Age.
Movies were the primary fare at the Fox for decades, though the venue featured a number of milestone performances, including concerts by Elvis Presley and numerous Motown artists. Like many 1920s era film houses, the decade of the 1970s took its toll, and the Fox Theatre fell into disrepair, screening Blaxploitation and martial arts films to stay open. After years of struggling to stay afloat, the Fox Building was purchased in 1988 and renovated at a cost of $12 million.
The renovation restored all of the building’s original interior and exterior décor, unique in its use of decorative themes from a variety of Asian cultures. Since its renovation, the Fox Theatre has featured a variety of musical acts, theatrical productions, dance performances and, of course, film.
Fox Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by a number of public bus routes)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 120 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary widely ($10-80) depending on event and seating. Some discounts available for student and seniors
- Group Sales: Group pricing is available for many events at the Fox Theatre (and all Olympia Entertainment venues), for groups of 15 and over.