The Fox Theater in Detroit was built in the late 1920’s by business man William Fox ( 20th Century Fox) and architect C. Howard Crane. The Art Deco theater interior was designed with Burmese, Chinese, Indian and Persian design motifs over three levels and seated 5,174.. The theater opened in 1928 with silent films and stage productions and remained in operation until it was restored to it’s original brilliance by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1988 at a cost of 12 million dollars. The Fox Theater restoration became the cornerstone in reviving the downtown Woodward building corridor and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
Artpack was contracted in July 2019 to return the chandelier to a jewel like presence under the blue ceiling canopy.
The globe chandelier is of Moorish design of colored glass suspended from a starburst design from the ceiling built to resemble a round tent. The chandelier is 13 ft in diameter, weighs 2,000 lbs and contains 1200 pieces of glass.
Next week will be only “the second time in nearly 30 years that the oversight for the National Endowment for the Arts has met out side of Washington DC. Having the NEA in Detroit will attract “a lot of national attention to what is happening here in ways that could spur additional investment and excitement about our creative ecosystem.”
The councils membership, comprised of arts and civic leaders from around the country, will be in town this weekend, June 19-21. Hopefully this trip will bring some exciting energy to the cultural and creative initiatives around the Greater Detroit Metro Area.
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