Originally opened in 1928, this theater was established as a non-profit in 1979 when prospecting developers wanted to turn it into a food court. The Michigan Theater has a rich history that is greatly appreciated by tourists and locals alike.
The theater consists of three different spaces: The Main Auditorium (where most of the concerts are held), The Screening Room (where smaller shows are held) and the Annex Cinema (which shows movies).
The historic theater regularly hosts national touring acts, as well as the local symphony orchestra. Famous acts that have graced the Michigan Theater’s stage over the years include Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, Dweezil Zappa, and Keb Mo, so be sure to check who’s playing when your schedule allows for a chance to see this architectural wonder.
One of the most unique and memorable parts about a visit to the theater is the 1927 Barton Organ, a restored original pipe organ that is still played before movies, lectures, and concerts—so be sure to get to your show early enough to catch this special treat!
Michigan Theater’s box office does not pre-sell tickets for concerts or live events, except for one hour prior on the day of the show— you can get tickets from Ticketmaster well in advance to secure your seats. Becoming a member (with many different levels to choose from) will net you such things as the ability to purchase alcohol during their shows (per their liquor license), discounts on popcorn, free movie nights, discounted tickets, and parking validation. You can find parking in their garages and on the street, and there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance for dining before or after your show.