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Best Performing Arts in Detroit

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Detroit Opera House

Restored to its former splendor, the Detroit Opera House is a downtown landmark that finds itself right in the middle of the action, bordered by the Theatre District, Comerica Park and Greektown. The superb acoustics in the hall provide a prime venue for the Michigan Opera Theatre and for a variety of other performing arts productions, including plays, concerts and dance performances. In days gone by, it was a theater, concert and movie house, the fifth-largest in the world when it opened in 1922. The frescoes, marble stairways, draperies and chandeliers from its glory days have been restored. The Opera House reopened in 1996 with a performance by Luciano Pavarotti.

Detroit, MI, United States
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The Masonic Temple

The largest Masonic Temple in the world, this ornate building opened in 1926. For decades its 5000-seat, acoustically rich and intimate auditorium served as Detroit's choicest venue for concerts, opera and plays. The impressive building has 1037 rooms, including ten decorative period lodge rooms; a Scottish Rite Cathedral that seats around 1500 people and has rich ceiling carvings and colors, and a huge drill hall with a floating floor laid atop felt cushions. It is truly a Detroit landmark.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Max M. Fisher Music Center- Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the United States' most prestigious and accessible orchestras. In 2003, it launched the Max M. Fisher Music Center, a performing arts complex, which has become a popular venue for musical concerts of various genres, including some of the most popular jazz concerts in town. The Max houses the famous Orchestra Hall, the Music Box, Atrium and Allesee Hall. Excellent acoustics and state-of-the-art facilities make every performance memorable. The Max also has facilities to host conferences, private concerts, banquets and weddings.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Planet Ant Theatre

A prominent theater in Hamtramck, the Planet Ant Theatre is located just off the Interstate 75, near the city center. Spread over three floors, the purple-colored brick structure looks like someone's home was turned into a venue, and once you step inside, home-like warmth is what you will find. Perhaps the theater calls itself, 'Planet Ant' as a reference to the solidarity of the usually misunderstood insects and how they all work for their close-knit community together. This theater also strives to keep the community together by presenting local artists, comedians, playwrights and actors on its stage. To know more about upcoming shows, do see the website.

Hamtramck, MI, United States
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Go Comedy! Improv Theater

Go Comedy! is Detroit’s premier venue for comedy, featuring improvised shows, sketch comedy revues and more every Wednesday through Sunday. Kick back with one of Go Comedy!’s signature cocktails or get involved with some audience participation. And if you’re really itching to get on the stage, you can sharpen your own comedy skills with workshops offered throughout the year.

Ferndale, MI, United States
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