Forgotten Detroit
Adams Theater

A person taking a stroll around Grand Circus Park may have missed one of its most notable landmarks. Hidden behind the Fine Arts Building stood the long-vacant Adams Theater. An example of the rare "alley-jumper" style of theater, the Adams was the second large movie theater on the park and an important member of the city's theater district.

Unfortunately time was kind to neither the Adams or Fine Arts. Remodeling in the 60s and being triplexed in the 80s robbed the Adam's auditorium of much of its original elegance. Time and vandalism furthered the damage to the point that both structures were beyond repair. Today only the facade remains, hoping to be incorporated into new construction someday.

Copyright 1999 - 2011, David Kohrman
Last updated on February 19, 2011