• Detroit Flashbacks

    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE

    Do you remember when these historic venues opened?

For some industry veterans, opening day for many of these event facilities might feel like yesterday. Let’s take a trip down memory lane for a look back on the opening days of these Detroit landmarks.

Belle Isle Casino: May 1908
Michigan Central Station (now Ford Motor Co.): Jan. 4, 1914
Detroit Athletic Club: April 15, 1915
Orchestra Hall: Oct. 23, 1919
Detroit Opera House: Jan. 12, 1922
Detroit Yacht Club: 1923
The Westin Book Cadillac: Dec. 8, 1924
The Filmore Detroit (State Theatre): Oct. 29, 1925
Detroit Masonic Temple: Nov. 25, 1926
Detroit Institute of Arts: Oct. 7, 1927
The Fisher (Theatre) Building: Sept. 1, 1928
Fox Theatre: Sept. 21, 1928
McGregor Memorial Conference Center (WSU): May 18, 1958
Cobo Center: Aug. 15, 1960
Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown: July 24, 1965
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center: April 15, 1977
Joe Louis Arena: Dec. 12, 1979
MGM Grand Detroit: July 29, 1999
MotorCity Casino Hotel: Dec. 14, 1999
Comerica Park: April 11, 2000
Greektown Casino: Nov. 10, 2000
Ford Field: Aug. 24, 2002

One great source for the history and old photos of these legendary facilities that planners could use for event promotions or communications is HistoricDetroit.org

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