Detroit, Michigan is the place where music, arts, culture and history combine, with historic theatres built as early as the 1920’s. Amongst these is the Detroit Opera House. This historic theatre hosts opera, plays, dances and concerts. That is why availability for Detroit Opera House parking will be a concern if not booked ahead of time with ParkWhiz. Located in Downtown Detroit’s Entertainment District, the theatre formerly known as Capitol Theater opened its doors on January 12, 1922. Having 3,500 seating capacity it was the fifth largest theater in the US during its time. Designed by the famous architect C. Howard Crane, who designed Detroit’s landmarks such as the Fox Theatre, State Theatre and Orchestra Hall. C. Howard Crane designed the theatre with an Italian Renaissance style. The interior and the façade of the theatre was styled with lavish decors, drapes and lighting to which it is still evident up to now. The Detroit Opera House or the Capitol Theater back then was renamed the Paramount Theater in 1929, and then renamed again in 1934 to the Broadway Capitol Theater. It was in the 1960s that United Detroit Theaters took over for remodeling, changing the façade of the theatre and slightly reducing the seating capacity. It was then that they gave another name which became the Grand Circus Theatre. In 1989, Michigan Opera Theatre - the principal opera company in Michigan, USA that presents opera and dance seasons, purchased the building and named it to its present name. After extensive restoration and expansion, the reopening in 1996 was celebrated with a gala event featuring Luciano Pavarotti and special guests. The theatre, with its new seating configurations, can hold 2,700 guests. Now, the theatre features concerts, plays and films. For opera and concert enthusiasts, it is best to book in advance for Detroit Opera House parking with ParkWhiz.
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