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“It is not merely a theatre for Detroit. It is a theatre for the whole world. It is designed to be the great showplace of the middle west.” -John H. Kunsky

The theater was loaded in extravagant details, from its auditorium to its four-story, 1,000-square-foot, mirror-paneled, black-and-white checkered-floor Grande Lobby. The lobby was complete with columns and red velvet hangings, marble archways, lavish towering columns, baskets of flowers and large crystal chandeliers. A lovely wide staircase with carved balustrades and covered in lush red carpet stood at the other end. A grand piano entertained guests waiting for the movie to start. Between every pair of columns was an oil painting, works of art by the National Academy, such as Thomas Hovenden’s “The Story of the Hunt,” Douglas Volk’s “Puritan Girl” and Edwin Blashfield’s “A Modern Rebecca.” All of the sculptures, busts, intricately carved furnishings, paintings and onyx pedestals filling the Michigan’s lobby made it seem as much a museum as a movie theater.

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Detroit Free Press

Detroit real estate investor Dennis Kefallinos is trying his hand at redeveloping three old buildings, including the historic Michigan Theater.

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Crain's Detroit

Dennis Kefallinos arrived back in town last week after a lengthy summer vacation with a new property in his real estate portfolio: the Michigan Building and the attached former Michigan Theater.

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Zumiez Best Foot Forward

The annual skate event took residents inside the old Michigan Theater (now converted parking garage) located downtown.