About the Century Theatre

Built in 1903 by the Twentieth Century Association and opened on December 26, the theater was the first building in Detroit to have a building permit issued in a woman’s name. During The Depression, the Association disbanded and the theater foreclosed. The building housed a variety of businesses over the years until it finally closed in 1978. in 1990, developer Charles Forbes began a renovation to restore it. The Gem Theatre reopened on December 31, 1991 only to close again in 1997. Because of the fact it would be torn down due to Comerica Park, Forbes negotiated it so the theatre was moved five blocks away November 10, 1997. It broke the 1986 Guinness Book of World Records for the heaviest building moved on wheels.

Detroit Century Theatre

333 Madison Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226


Address: 333 Madison Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226
Phone: (313) 963-9800
Website: http://www.gemtheatre.com/
Built: 1903
Added to NRHP: May 9, 1985
Architect: George D. Mason
Architectural style: Renaissance architecture

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