The real winner of the Democratic debates in Detroit? The Fox Theatre


Many were disappointed with the first of two Democratic debates that took place in Detroit last night. Viewers felt that the format – “gotcha” questions followed by short answers and even shorter answers – made content discussion impossible and that largely irrelevant candidates like John Delaney and Tim Ryan had too much airtime.

But one thing didn’t disappoint: The Fox Theater. The Art Deco masterpiece in which the debates take place received rave reviews from visitors and reporters, who for the first time witnessed the majesty of the venue.

Designed by C. Howard Crane and opened in 1928, the Fox Theater offers an eclectic and elaborate mix of Egyptian, Far Eastern and Indian style decorations. The over 5,000-seat theater, built for the Fox Films chain, became a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

It is also one of the few undoubtedly positive redevelopments by the Ilitch family who bought the building in 1987. Soon after, they completed a $ 12 million restoration, built a new marquee, and in 2006 the multi-story and now iconic “FOX” tower with LED lights.

People went to Twitter to express their awe of the venue and share photos.

The key takeaway from this debate is that Detroit’s Fox Theater is one of the finest theaters in the country.

– Ryan Rosenblatt (@RyanRosenblatt) July 31, 2019

The Fox Theater in Detroit is so fantastically beautiful that it looks like it was built by some extinct superior species.

– Peter Sagal (@petersagal) July 31, 2019

My only contribution to the discussion before tonight’s vote: The Fox Theater is an amazingly beautiful building. You should see something good there. Not whatever that is.

– Matt (@zekebud) July 31, 2019

If you’d like to see more, both the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News shared some photos of the fox from their archives.

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Dusty Kennedy