Detroit’s crown jewel, the Fox Theatre, has played host to some of the biggest names in show business and holds its ground as one of the top-grossing theaters of its size in the nation. The theater is in the epicenter of The District Detroit, 50 blocks of thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations.
The Detroit Fox is one of five spectacular Fox Theatres built in the late 1920s by film pioneer William Fox. The Fox opened in 1928 and remained Detroit's premier movie destination for decades. Unlike many neighboring theatres, it operated continually until it was closed in the 1980s for restoration.
In 1984 Chuck Forbes, owner of the State and Gem theaters, proposed a renovation project. These plans were never fully realized, but in 1988 the theater was acquired by new owners, Mike and Marian Ilitch, who fully restored the Fox at a cost of $12 million.