Construction of a new McDonald's expected to begin soon.
Detroit Theatre Demolition
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The 88-year-old theatre is reduced to a large pile of rubble, to make way for the Golden Arches of McDonald's.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Nothing expected to remain of the building by this afternoon.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Another layer of the Detroit Theatre has been removed; the building is more than halfway demolished — the site is the future home of McDonald's.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Good weather has allowed the demolition crew to move quickly with the task of demolishing the Detroit Theatre. As of Friday afternoon, about half of the building has been taken down.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The seats got plucked from the 88-year-old theater on Wednesday, as the process to raze the structure continued.
The seats were removed and demoltion continued at the site of the former Detroit Theatre on Wednesday. On Monday, a portion of the rear of the building was razed but the process was slowed by the removal of utility lines. The theater will be demolished to make way for a new McDonald's at the site. For complete coverage, visit our topic page.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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Friday, May 11, 2012
Firefighters get in a couple of training exercises at the Detroit Theatre as demolition crews get ready to tear the structure down to make way for McDonald’s.
If someone screamed fire in the Detroit Theatre on Thursday, that would have been just fine. There were plenty of firefighters around. As demolition crews prepare to take down the 90-year-old theater to make way for the Golden Arches of McDonald’s, the Lakewood Fire Department was on hand to get some practice. Firefighters practiced a few drills in the vacated structure — as well as on top of the building. “That building served the community for many years, and it’s serving the community one last time, by helping to train firefighters," said Lakewood Fire Chief Scott Gilman. "They’re getting skills that they’ll use for years to come. It’s beneficial to everybody.” Gilman said that some of the interior demolition has already begun, which …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Demolition of the theater expected to begin soon.
The demolition of the building is expected in the coming weeks, as crews must first work to remove any asbestos. A large fence surrounds the east portion of the property that once housed the Detroit Theatre. Portions of the nearly 90-year-old building have already been cleared out and tossed in a large garbage container along the wall. The theater — along with the other businesses and tenants in the building at 16407 Detroit Avenue — is slated for demolition. Construction of the new McDonald’s, which would move the Sloane Avenue location, will begin shortly afterward. “We’re hoping to have it open by Halloween,” Mike Lewis, the project manager for the Lakewood McDonald’s, told Lakewood Patch in February. “In construction there are always …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
It’s been more than a year since the Detroit Theatre closed its doors after nearly 90 years in business. Now, demolition is set to begin.
It’s been more than a year since the Detroit Theatre closed its doors after nearly 90 years in business. Just months after that, McDonald’s announced plans to plant the Golden Arches in its place. Here’s the timeline since January 2011, when the Detroit Theatre closed its curtain for the last time. Jan. 30, 2011: The last movie, "True Grit," shown at the Detroit Theatre. April: McDonald’s begins discussions with the city about closing the Sloane Avenue location, and re-opening someone else in the city. June 15: More than 150 residents attend a community meeting to discuss the proposal. July 14: McDonald's representatives present initial plans to city officials. July 29: Inspired by the McDonald’s proposal, city begins plans to review all …