September 27 – October 1, 2023
Detroit and Environs
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The World of Theater: The Players and the Fox Theatre
The Players, an amateur gentlemen’s theatrical club, while founded in 1911 would only find a permanent home in 1925 with the construction of the Playhouse (William Kapp of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls). Designed in the Florentine Renaissance style and constructed entirely of cinderblock (a then-new building material), the building includes a four-story stage with trap doors, state of the art digital lighting, and a sound booth, as well as dressing rooms, a lobby bar, and a formal meeting room.
Corrado Parducci sculpted the gargoyles on the front façade as well as the large urns flanking the main stage, while Paul Honoré painted the six art deco murals on tapestry depicting a troupe of wandering troubadours that hang in the Great Hall.
The Fox Theater Detroit
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, The Fox Theatre Detroit is an intact movie palace that seats over 5,000, with an interior reflecting Persian, Indian, and East Asian influences. It is one of five Fox Theatres built in the late 1920s by William Fox, founder of the Fox Theatres and Fox Film Corporation.
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