This place is a building made for shows, made for entertainment. It houses today, the Little Caesar’s empire that encompasses all of Southeastern Michigan, the offices for Olympia Entertainment and the place where the Ilitch family makes all of it’s money.
Oh, yes, it still has a stage for awesome concerts and shows. This 1928 Art Deco building was designed by C. Howard Crane. He designed a twin out in St. Louis.
It was the largest of it’s kind in Detroit and right in the area, the Downtown entertainment district.
As the years went on, it was the most popular theatre in Detroit, but after the riots in 1967, things began to go downhill. Then, Mike Ilitch and his wife took a chance on Detroit and purchased it in 1987 and had a $12 million, 18-month restoration and fixed it up for his headquarters.
It was quite the investment and it now stands as one of Detroit’s finest entertainment venues, if not the finest in the city.
You should probably check it out, because it’s quite the feat inside.
More on the Fox at HistoricDetroit.org