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The Majestic Theatre, Detroit

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The Majestic Theatre is a theatre located at 4126-4140 Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
Today, the theatre is mainly a music venue. It hosts a variety of musical concerts in three separate areas of the building: The Majestic, The Majestic Cafe, and The Magic Stick.
The Majestic Theatre, designed by C. Howard Crane, opened on April 1, 1915. The theatre originally seated 1,651 people (at the time the largest theatre in the world built for the purpose of showing movies), and the facade was designed in an arcaded Italian style. In 1934, the front 35 feet of the theatre were removed when Woodward Avenue was widened to its present size. The entire facade was redesigned into its current striking Art Deco motif by the firm of Bennett & Straight. The theater now boasts the largest enameled metal panel Art Deco facade in the Detroit metropolitan region.
The theatre eventually closed, and the building was used as a church for a time, and later as a photographic studio. It lay vacant for ten years. The present owner purchased the building in 1984.
There is a myth that legendary magician Harry Houdini gave his last performance on stage here, on Halloween night 1926. In fact, Houdini last performed at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit and died a few days later of peritonitis at Detroit's Grace Hospital on October 31, 1926.
The Majestic Theatre operates as part of the Majestic Theatre Center, which includes the nearby Garden Bowl, The Majestic Cafe, The Magic Stick, and Sgt. Pepperoni's. The Majestic houses live music acts, a bar, and you can also bowl.
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  • Excellent acoustics and a high ceiling bring this generally standing room only venue to my list of best venues in the US. Solid security, food nearby, and a festive atmosphere helped us have a great.....  more »
  • Located in a charming older building in Midtown, the Majestic is a decent place for a concert. The sound quality was not as good as other places, but it might have been an off night. All of the staff....  more »
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  • Come here pretty often just for certain bands, always a blast. Professional staff, fair drink prices (not so much on soda), great place to go and gather. Love coming. There are always memories here.
  • It's fine. The Magic-Stick is the cool venue but when the show sells too many tickets they put it in the Majestic. I like it for the most part, I have seen many many shows here, and my friend had an awesome wedding reception here. What I don't like is that there is like a little VIP section in the corner now and what I hate is that the floor is somehow the most feet-breaking concrete to ever stand on. Put down a dance floor already!

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