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Detroit Opera House

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Detroit Opera House

Step back in time to a world of elegance by visiting the Detroit Opera House. The outside of the building may seem unassuming, but the inside is breathtaking. This 2,700-seat venue features an Italian Renaissance architectural style. Accenting the theater design are luxurious crystal chandeliers and brass fixtures. Gracing the walls are painted frescos. A rich, rose-red Italian damask curtain is on the main stage, seating, and throughout the theater. 


The opera house opened on January 22, 1922, as the Capitol Theater. It was designed by the famous C. Howard Crane. When it opened, it had 4,250 seats. This made it the fifth-largest opera house in the world.

In the 1960s, the theater underwent extensive restoration to save it from decay. The seat design was reduced to 3,367. Despite this renowned interest, the theater fell into neglect and disrepair again. In 1996, another restoration brought the theater back to life. The seat design was again reduced to the 2,700 seats it has today. 

Detroit Opera House Orchestra


The shows that come to the Detroit Opera House are of high quality. You could see ballet, opera, musicals, plays, and various other performances. Classics like Madame Butterfly and modern shows like The Cunning Little Vixen all play at the theater. 


When attending an event, stop by the in-house bar or Cadillac Cafe for a pre-show cocktail or bite to eat. Then shop at the merchandise booths for a souvenir that you can take home. 


You can join the Opera House Ambassadors to tour the opera house. Tours cost $10 per person. This will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how the theater operates. 

How to Visit 

You should buy tickets for a show online in advance. You can pay for reserved parking in advance. Only credit cards are accepted if you pay for parking on the day of.

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