Majestic Theater

4140 Woodward Avenue
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The Majestic Theater, designed by C. Howard Crane, opened on April 1, 1915. The theater originally seated 1,651 people (at the time the largest theater in the world built for the purpose of showing movies), and the facade was designed in an arcaded Italian style. In 1934, the front 35 feet of the theater were removed when Woodward Avenue was widened to its present size. The entire facade was redesigned into its current striking Art Deco motif. The theater now boasts the largest enameled metal panel Art Deco facade in the Detroit metropolitan region.

The theater eventually closed, and the building was used as a church for a time, and later as a photographic studio. It lay vacant for ten years. The present owner purchased the building in 1984.

There is a myth that legendary magician Harry Houdini gave his last performance on stage here, on Halloween night 1926. In fact, Houdini last performed at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit and died a few days later of peritonitis at Detroit's Grace Hospital on October 31, 1926.


Eventsort descending Date Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
10 for $10 Summer Hardcore Tour 08/12/2009 Bane
Crime In Stereo
Poison the Well
This Is Hell
War of Ages
The Ghost Inside
The Mongoloids
Trapped Under Ice
13 Engines / Wig 03/10/1994 13 Engines
1349 10/15/2010 1349
2005 Motor City Music Conference 04/22/2005 Bear vs. Shark
Gore Gore Girls
Lee Marvin Computer Arm
Thunderbirds Are Now!
2005 Motor City Music Conference 04/23/2005 The Detroit Cobras
The Dirtbombs
The Dollfaces
The Every Others
Mahi Mahi
2005 Motor City Music Conference 04/20/2005 ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead
The Sword
2nd Annual Blues Benefit for the Homeless 12/01/1990 Joanna Connor
James Cotton
Ronnie Earl
Larry McCray
Sugar Ray & the Broadcasters
6th Annual Hallowicked Show 10/29/1999 Insane Clown Posse
The Pimps
Absolut Couture 01/20/2001 Stacey Pullen
Acoustic Junction 05/26/1994 Acoustic Junction Junkhouse
Adrian Belew 04/25/1992 Adrian Belew
Adrian Belew 10/16/1993 Adrian Belew
Dave Alvin
Adrian Belew 06/22/1994 Adrian Belew The Psychodots
ADULT. 03/07/2007 ADULT.
Against Me! 10/18/2008 Against Me!
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
Future of the Left
Al Di Meola 10/30/1998 Al Di Meola
Albert Collins 04/17/1993 Albert Collins
Alejandro Escovedo 07/20/1995 Alejandro Escovedo
All That Remains 02/08/2008 All That Remains
Divine Heresy
Five Finger Death Punch
Almighty Lumberjacks of Death 05/01/1992 Almighty Lumberjacks of Death
Gangster Fun
Alternatives for Girls Benefit 04/21/1990 The Layabouts Gaza
Amplifier 01/16/2010 Amplifier
Andrew Bird 04/12/2007 Andrew Bird
Angelique Kidjo 04/15/1994 Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo 03/27/1996 Angélique Kidjo