The Fox Theater & The Allee Willis Connection – PART 1

Submitted by denny April 3rd, 2011
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This is an aerial view of the amazing Fox Theater in downtown Detroit.  This theater was declared a historical landmark in 1989.

Pretty amazing.

As of now I will be seeing “The Color Purple” on one of the days that it will be at the Fox.  This place already leaves me breathless as I have always loved (and had a fascination) with old movie theaters.  This is amazing.

The lobby in which Allee will be conducting on April 8th at from 11-1:30 followed by the play “The Color Purple”.  Overwhelmingly beautiful.

7 Responses to “The Fox Theater & The Allee Willis Connection – PART 1”

  1. Allee Willis

    This theater is easily the most gorgeous theater I’ve ever been in. I have obvious affection for it having grown up in it and seeing all the Motown reviews there, not to mention that it’s the third time back for my musical, The Color Purple, and ***** extremely significantly****** where I will be making my second conducting appearance ever this coming weekend! I’ll be conducting the bows and walk out music both Friday and Saturday nights at The Color Purple and then conducting my high school marching band Saturday morning from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. The fact that this momentous event is happening in this most gorgeous lobby makes me so excited I can’t tell you. Then again, imagine the sound of a marching band and cheerleading squad bouncing off those walls…!

  2. denny

    I get all twittified (a glorious word I made up here….) every time I look at this theater. I’m no expert on old theaters but am absolutely obsessed with them. I have NEVER stepped foot in a theater this gorgeous. The last time I stepped foot into an art-deco movie house was in 1970’s when my Dad took me to see “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” with a then itty bitty Pia Zadora in an early movie role.

    • suzette

      Have a fabulous time!!!! I hope you post pictures, as i have no current plans to go to Detroit, evern though the picture of this theatre maks me swoon!

  3. Douglas Wood

    Having grown up in Chicago, I’ve been inside a lot of gorgeous movie palaces, but this is truly the most impressive I’ve ever seen. I’m in the process of shopping around a children’s picture book I wrote called “MIDNIGHT AT THE SWANSON” about a haunted movie theatre and the Fox Theatre is exactly what I had in my head.

    And Denny, I love SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS and envy that you actually saw it in a theatre as opposed to on a DVD.

  4. denny

    HI Doug……keep me posted on your book. I love children’s books.

    The theater I saw the above mentioned film was at the old Norris theater in Norristown PA. Idiot town tore it down and the basement was FULL of vintage movie posters that were stolen and thrown int he garbage. Makes me cringe when I think about it.

  5. denny

    BeeJay – I can’t believe I will even be inside of this old movie palace this week. I’m that passionate about old movie houses that I get chills when I see places like this.