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When it first opened in 1925, The Fillmore Detroit was called The State Theater. Like many downtown Detroit movie houses, it has gone through numerous incarnations, from legitimate theater to burlesque to art-house cinema. Adjacent to the Fox Theatre, it's now in the center of downtown's hot zone. As a popular venue, with a dozen bars sprinkled throughout its ornate interior, a high-tech video wall and a tri-level cabaret style set-up, it's perfect for parties. It's also used for concerts and movies. Patrons gawk at the white marble staircase, crystal chandelier and Corinthian columns in the lobby, and at statues of knights in armor guarding the stage.
The preservation of this theater is one of Detroit's proudest achievements. The 5048-seat palace of the arts, arguably the most opulent in the nation when it opened in 1928, was designated a national landmark in 1989 after a USD11,000,000 refurbishment by new owner Mike Ilitch. The oldest, continually operating theater in the United States features a 10-storey marquee, a six-storey lobby with a two-ton chandelier and 300,000 glass jewels in its interior. The exotic presentation of lions, gold fixtures and jaw-dropping grandeur harkens back to the flamboyant era of movie houses. The Fox is now busy with concerts, family-oriented shows and a wide variety of other offerings. It's the anchor of the Theatre District and perhaps Detroit's greatest civic treasure.
This local bar and live music venue has been a Corktown institution since it was founded as a bakery in 1914. PJ's Lager House impresses guests with its blend of old-world charm and modern amenities, offering a warm atmosphere and delicious dining and drinks menus. You can also enjoy live concerts, featuring prominent local and national acts in any number of genres. Come on down and join the crowds at PJ's Lager House, where you're guaranteed a good time!
New Center Park is a different green space located just a few minutes away from the iconic Fisher Building. Designed to be more than a recreational park, this place is the entertainment hub of the locals and visitors alike in the neighborhood. With an adaptable outdoor venue for concerts, movies and other activities, New Center Park is always buzzing with people and events. It is a unique turf to enjoy with family and friends.
Small's is a very popular bar lodged in the beautiful city of Hamtramck. It is considered as one of the best rock venues by a number of magazines and critics alike. Housed in what was formerly a bank, Small's front room is home to an Art Deco era mahogany bar stocked with an impressive selection of 53 variants of beer and top shelf liquor. You also get one of the best 'Jukeboxes' here which belts out some great tunes. Then there is the back room which has one of the best live rooms in town, where bands have gigs and keep audiences entertained. Besides this, the bar also boasts of a pool table and arcade games arena which adds to the overall fun quotient. You can also expect great acts at this place which is considered to have the best sound system around town. "Small" only in name, this bar promises the best in drinks and entertainment.
It was originally called Harper Theatre and designed in art-deco style over 65 years ago. In the 1970s it was converted into a nightclub, but today the marquee says Harpos Concert Theatre and events like MTV2's Headbangers Ball are hosted here. Other heavy-metal and industrial rock bands make Harpos the happening venue in Detroit.
Housed in an art-house movie theater, The Magic Bag features an eclectic mix of musical acts ranging from nationally known performers like Rickie Lee Jones and B. B. King, to emerging alternative rock groups. No frills but ample elbow room as you check out the latest music or watch a movie. The View n' Brew nights are quite popular, offering patrons the chance to sit back and enjoy a newly released film with a cold beer or glass of wine.