Originally the Wilson Theater, a project spearheaded by Matilda Wilson in the late 1920’s. Mrs Wilson is better known for Meadow Brook Hall, and the donation of her estate to Oakland University. The Wilson was designed as a sister theater to the Meadow Brook Hall theater in an effort to tie the two regions together. The Wilson was intended to bring Broadway quality theater to Downtown Detroit.
Lets take a look inside:
Views from the balconies and mezzanine levels. Originally this theater sat 1800 patrons.
Heres a closer look at the side boxes
Back stage areas
The ceiling is the center focus of this masterpiece – just look at that ! Hand painted plaster details with gold leaf.
Check out the side view of the stair stepped fallbacks of the ceiling, architectural but also designed with acoustic performance in mind. This stair stepping creates dramatically different shapes as you move around the space.
This is the main lobby area
Lets end here, with the lady herself, Matilda Wilson Dodge – former wife of John Dodge of the ford Motor Company Dodge Brothers fame. A great patron of the arts in the City of Detroit.
Visit the MUSIC HALL website for show and ticket info.
Also be sure to check out the new Jazz Cafe Discovery shows with local radio legend Judy Adams. WVMV (98.7) Smooth Jazz will broadcast a weekly program produced and hosted by Judy Adams at 11 p.m. Sundays with taped performances from the Discovery Series.
Judy is one of the coolest people Ive ever met – go check out her show at Music Hall !