not all those who wander are lost

Albert Kahns National Theater ~ 1911. (Kahn with Ernest Wilby.)

Baroque/BeauArts/Moorish design. Laden with wonderful Mary Chase Stratton era Pewabic tile inlays.

Damn is that face creepy..

National Theater stage

Oh hey relax – they are protecting you with a giant wall of asbestos !

Whew. I was worried for a minute there.

Melted plaster mush, like the other rotted old theaters that have survived.

Arclight projectors. These things are so massive and heavy they are usually moved last during renovations. The projectors from the Madison Theater are all that is left even though the rest was long ago stripped away for a redevelopment attempt. (since stalled)

I think the basic idea for these projectors was run a piece of film in front of a bolt of lightening for bright vivid image. They must have looked incredible compared to todays crappy (safe) projection methods.

Interior brickwork of the twin turrets. Probably my favorite part of the structure.

I believe DetroitBlog researched the hell out of this place and the last business was a porn theater. This is from when they pulled out (pardon pun) and moved to Broadway.

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