Gem & Century Theatres

(313) 963-9800

333 Madison St
Detroit, MI 48226
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Lat: 42.3376740
Long: -83.0460640

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About Gem & Century Theatres
Opened in 1928 as the Little Theatre, for a private womens group called the 20th Century Club, with a peformance of "Cyrano de Bergerac", the Gem Theatre had a full stage, orchestra pit, and balcony which sat about 200 patrons. The exterior resembled a Florentine Renaissance palace, while the interior contained minimal decor. In 1997, the Gem Theatre made national news when the theater was lifted from its former foundation and moved about half a mile away from its original location to make way for the construction of the new Detroit Stadium. The move placed the Gem Theatre in the Guinness Book of World Records, as the heaviest building ever moved on wheels, at about five million pounds. It arrived at its new home at Madison and Brush as a crowd of several hundred cheered.
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