Located on the corner of bagley and clifford streets, it was once part of detroit’s thriving downtown theater district, which included the michigan, fox, state, and madison, and adams theaters. Afterwards, b & k’s successor chains, abc/great states and then plitt theatres ran the united artists.
The building was designed by architect c.
United artists theater detroit. The adams theater is in the lower building in the center background. The art deco united artists building, which opened in 1928, was designed by “theater palace” architect c. Detroit's newest film palace became an instant hit.
It finally closed in 1984. After the theater closed, the office block struggled as tenants moved to suburbs. Photo from the detroit free press archives.
The elevated people mover track is seen on the right. It ran first run films and because of its small size (compared to the 5041 seat fox) it was often used for reserve seating. The downtown detroit united artists theater sat 2,070 people.
It was placed on the national register of historic places in 1983, but. After the theater closed, the office block struggled as tenants moved to suburbs. The building has remained vacant since 1984 but has recently had some.
The rotunda lobby at the united artists theatre during a brighter period. This is thanks to the city's economic downturns of the 70's and 80's that left many of its theaters intact, rather then parking lots. In preparation for the 2006 nfl super bowl, graffiti was removed from all the windows of the building, and the lower levels received a coat of black paint to hide the graffiti work at.
The united artists theater opened on february 3, 1928 with the film sadie thompson, starring gloria swanson. It was built in 1928, after the los angeles and chicago united artist theatre’s. The united artists theater is one of detroit’s grandest ruins.
The fox theater nearby premiered the robe in the fall of 1953 before the release of millionaire. The united artists theater in detroit was the third u.a. Available for sale from tracey morgan gallery, andrew moore, organ screen, united artists theater, detroit (2008), archival pigment print, 70 × 90 in
The ua, once one of the premier movie theaters in detroit, resorted to showing softcore pornography in an attempt to remain open, as seen here in 1970. It’s a high rise tower designed by charles howard crane adopting intricate spanish gothic architecture in its interiors. Today detroit can claim one of the greatest theater districts in the world, even surpassing that of chicago.
The united artists theatre opened on december 26, 1927, simultaneously with two other movie palaces (one in detroit, a day earlier; We aren't anywhere near as bad off as camden or detroit, but when the industry began the switch over to high tech/better shipping processes etc., we got left behind. The united artists marquee in 1982.
And another in chicago, which was a remodeling) heralding the studio's entrance into the arena of theatre operation. Emmett moten told detroit city council that the department of housing and urban development deemed it necessary to demolish the united artists theatre in order to redevelop the rest of the. As of 1995, the united artists theater was owned by the grand circus development corporation.
United artists was a film and television studio founded in 1919. To spread awareness of the united artists theatre and building. Designed by noted theater architect c.
Detroit — while a developer with plans to renovate the united artists building has said that demolishing the theater is a condition of funding from the department of housing and urban. In a memorandum between the city of detroit downtown development authority (dda) and the detroit. The $1.2 million theater opened on february 3, 1928, with sadie thompson.
In 1950, a $200,000 ($1.8 million today) remodeling job modernized the theater, placing a drop ceiling and large concession stand in the lobby and new projectors, screen and sound system in the auditorium. When downtown's united artists theatre first opened in late 1927, motion picture news pronounced it the final word in theatre construction, and no wonder. United artists' 17th theater, the detroit ua was similar in design to the chicago and los angeles ua theaters, also designed by c.
Facebook) there's good news and double dose of bad news from the district detroit. There's still a lot of old, abandoned buildings/factories around here, and the massive railway we built in the 70's closed down like 9 years later. 4 visitors have checked in at united artists theater.
The opening of the studio's flagship premiere house in la marked the beginning of a theatre chain. It finally closed in 1984. Balaban & katz operated the united artists theatre into the 1960’s.
By 1975, the theater was sold off and rarely used, and by 1984 the office building was shuttered. The long abandoned united artists theater is shown at the left in this view toward grand circus park from bagley ave.