Group of 23 color snapshots taken during the gutting of Detroit's Michigan Theatre

np (Detroit), (1977). Paperback. Very Good. Item #21-1293

3 x 5". Light wear else very good condition. Designed by Rapp & Rapp in 1925, this opulent theatre opened to the public in 1926. Costing just over $3.5 million to build and only $525,000 to gut and turn into a parking garage. The photos show cement being poured into the lobby, "windows" cut into the side, construction equipment inside the theatre, dump trucks lined up outside, remnants of the four story lobby and decorative plaster-work on the ceiling can be seen. The crystal chandeliers in the lobby and auditorium long gone as is the grand marble staircase. A review of the theatre's opening, in part: "It is beyond the human dreams of loveliness, entering, you pass into another world. Your spirit rises and soars along the climbing pillars and mirrored walls that ascend five stories to the dome of the great lobby." Sigh. Photos taken by Thomas Schlientz who managed John King Books in the Michigan Theatre Building. Sold as a lot.

Price: $35.00

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