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Old 05-27-2017, 03:30 AM
 
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I am very, very, very saddened that the redevelopment of the United Artist Building won't include the restoration of the INSANELY ornate theater that Mike Ilitch allowed to be severely water-damaged. The theater is what makes the building special, not that narrow office tower that is attached to it.
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Old 05-27-2017, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I am very, very, very saddened that the redevelopment of the United Artist Building won't include the restoration of the INSANELY ornate theater that Mike Ilitch allowed to be severely water-damaged. The theater is what makes the building special, not that narrow office tower that is attached to it.
It is sad. Illitch has caused a lot of beautiful architecture and history to be destroyed. He has a reputation for allowing a building to decay, then tearing it down claiming to be a hero for cleaning up blight. It is a way to get around being a villian for tearing down a historic architectuaral building that is int he way of your plans without being declared a villian.

At the same time, Illich has done a lot of positive things for the city. Like most people he is a mix of good and bad. However many see him as all good (hero) or all bad (complete villian). The truth, as awlays, is in the middle.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:19 AM
 
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I am very, very, very saddened that the redevelopment of the United Artist Building won't include the restoration of the INSANELY ornate theater that Mike Ilitch allowed to be severely water-damaged. The theater is what makes the building special, not that narrow office tower that is attached to it.
Even as ornate and as special as it is, what would it be used for? Detroit doesn't exactly have a shortage of theatres/concert venues. A movie theater would be pretty nice, but most old theatres are way too small for modern day equipment and audience sizes.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Even as ornate and as special as it is, what would it be used for? Detroit doesn't exactly have a shortage of theatres/concert venues. A movie theater would be pretty nice, but most old theatres are way too small for modern day equipment and audience sizes.
Actually quite the opposite. The modern trend is multiple small theaters that hold maybe 100 people. The days of the grand 1000 or 5000 seat movie theaters are long gone.
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Old 05-27-2017, 11:22 AM
 
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Actually quite the opposite. The modern trend is multiple small theaters that hold maybe 100 people. The days of the grand 1000 or 5000 seat movie theaters are long gone.
UAT can actually has 2,000 seats. But it would still have to be modified to show new movies and any modification would probably mean only a few original parts of the theater might be preserved.
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Old 05-27-2017, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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UAT can actually has 2,000 seats. But it would still have to be modified to show new movies and any modification would probably mean only a few original parts of the theater might be preserved.
Probabaly better as a live performance venue
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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Even as ornate and as special as it is, what would it be used for? Detroit doesn't exactly have a shortage of theatres/concert venues. A movie theater would be pretty nice, but most old theatres are way too small for modern day equipment and audience sizes.
How about as a performing arts venue centered on DANCE. We do not have a Ballet Company, which is sad for a metro of 4.3 million. The already existing Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy and a new Ballet Company could use the space.

A poster on a competing site, Detroit---, named MikeyInBrooklyn, also had a good idea:

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"I really wish the theatre were refurbished as a dedicated home to jazz, soul, bluegrass & blues. Aretha hinted awhile back that she'd be involved in a Detroit musical venue. I've been hoping since then it would be a renovated UA, which I think should be renamed for her. I would envision it as a place that would book "name" acts on weekends and showcase local talent during the week."
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:22 PM
 
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Awesome vid on what some of the public spaces are intended to be!! THIS IS A MUST SEE!
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Old 06-01-2017, 08:55 AM
 
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Well, it looks like this is still slated to happen:
Bedrock to begin Hudson's site work in December | Crain's Detroit Business
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Old 06-01-2017, 10:37 AM
 
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Awesome vid on what some of the public spaces are intended to be!! THIS IS A MUST SEE!
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https://vimeo.com/166088566

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Agreed!
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