2001 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
2121 Woodward Ave
|Record #9920 |
Capacity: 2200 seats|
Architect(s): C Howard Crane
Architectural Style(s): Italian Renaissance
National Register: 1982
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Palms-State, Palms, State|
| Previously operated by: ABC Michigan Theatres|
C. Howard Crane designed this Italian Renaissance theater on the site of one of his previous creations, the Grand Circus [1913-1924]. This Kunsky-Loew theater came equipped with a Wurlitzer organ and opened on October 29, 1925.
After being acquitted in the infamous Hollywood scandal, Fatty Arbuckle made an appearance in November 1927, appealing for sympathy.
The final stage show was held in June 1928, after an announcement of the State's conversion to an all-talkie program. Located in the Francis S. Palms Building, the theater became the Palms-State in 1937, and the name was shortened to the Palms in 1949. Under the operation of United Detroit Theaters, the Palms became the third in the area to feature 3D films and was the first with the wide screen process of SuperScope.
The lobby was remodeled in 1965, covering up the original Crane details, and Charles A. Forbes bought the building in 1979. The State closed as a movie house in 1981, planning live shows, but those plans fell through. A dance club/concert hall took residence in 1989.
The State currently operates as a live event venue, occasionally showing films.
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August 2004 photos from the Tom Plassman collection.
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