Detroit Opera House

September 14 2019 | 10:00am to 11:30am

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Originally the Capitol Theatre, what is now known as the Detroit Opera House opened on January 12, 1922. At the time of its gala premiere, the 4,250-seat theater claimed to be the fifth largest in the world. Designed by renowned Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, whose genius for theater design took him to cities across the nation, the building was constructed with superb acoustics and in the style of the grand European opera houses. The theater underwent several name changes in its first few decades but continued to showcase luminaries such as Louis Armstrong and rock and roll stars of the 1950s. The 1970s and 1980s proved tumultuous for the theater, which closed its doors in 1985 after a small fire. Following years of neglect, the Detroit Opera House was beautifully restored in 1996, when the nomadic Michigan Opera Theatre decided to transform it into their permanent home. Today, the Detroit Opera House is home to Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Detroit home to many of the world’s best dance companies, Broadway shows and concerts.