Historic Detroit

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Detroit Opera House - Pre-renovation photos

The Grand Hall and chandelier before the renovation

Damaged ceiling in the third floor lobby

The proscenium arch with holes in the plasterwork

The grand stairway before the renovation

The auditorium, as seen from the stage

While much of the Capitol Theatre's elegance remained, it needed a LOT of cleaning up.

A picture of the 1994 benefit ball. A Ford Mustang was auctioned out during the event to raise funding for the renovation. There were no working restrooms so the entire building was ringed with Porta-Johns and the power for lighting, etc. was created with generators.