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Senate Theatre


Address: 6424 Michigan Ave
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: 48210 Phone: 313-894-4100  
County: Wayne
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Open: 1926 Closed: Capacity: 900    
Owner: Detroit Theater Organ Society
Web Address: www.dtos.org
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 5094
 
 

6/28/2013 - DTOSEvents
In 2013 the Senate Theater started showing movies again. Movies with sound and silent films too that feature live accompaniment on the 4/34 Wurlitzer theatre organ. A new wide movie screen is arriving around the middle of 2013. There are also live music shows and other events. Upcoming Events May 19, 2013 at 3 PM Buster Keaton's classic silent film, THE GENERAL, and two other Keaton short films will be presented with live Wurlitzer theater organ accompaniment at Detroit's Senate Theater.

Organist Dennis Scott is accompanying the movie. This program is suitable for all ages and will acquaint today's audiences with a silent film classic and the musical and sound effects background enjoyed by audiences in the early 20th century. The organ concerts with Wurlitzer that have been presented for 50 years at Senate are also still happening. 2013 Pops Concert Series Mar 17 – Simon Gledhill Apr 21 – Tony Thomas May 12 – Martin Ellis June 23 – Mark Herman Sept 22 – Justin Stahl Oct 20 – Scott Smith Nov 17 – Clark Wilson Dec 8 – Joel Gary All Sunday at 3:00 PM.

6/10/2013 - DTOSEvents
In 2013 the Senate Theater started showing movies again. Movies with sound and silent films too that feature live accompaniment on the 4/34 Wurlitzer theatre organ. A new wide movie screen is arriving around the middle of 2013. There are also live music shows and other events. Upcoming Events May 19, 2013 at 3 PM Buster Keaton's classic silent film, THE GENERAL, and two other Keaton short films will be presented with live Wurlitzer theater organ accompaniment at Detroit's Senate Theater.

Organist Dennis Scott is accompanying the movie. This program is suitable for all ages and will acquaint today's audiences with a silent film classic and the musical and sound effects background enjoyed by audiences in the early 20th century. The organ concerts with Wurlitzer that have been presented for 50 years at Senate are also still happening. 2013 Pops Concert Series Mar 17 – Simon Gledhill Apr 21 – Tony Thomas May 12 – Martin Ellis June 23 – Mark Herman Sept 22 – Justin Stahl Oct 20 – Scott Smith Nov 17 – Clark Wilson Dec 8 – Joel Gary All Sunday at 3:00 PM.

6/7/2013 - DTOSEvents
In 2013 the Senate Theater started showing movies again. Movies with sound and silent films too that feature live accompaniment on the 4/34 Wurlitzer theatre organ. A new wide movie screen is arriving around the middle of 2013. There are also live music shows and other events. Upcoming Events May 19, 2013 at 3 PM Buster Keaton's classic silent film, THE GENERAL, and two other Keaton short films will be presented with live Wurlitzer theater organ accompaniment at Detroit's Senate Theater.

Organist Dennis Scott is accompanying the movie. This program is suitable for all ages and will acquaint today's audiences with a silent film classic and the musical and sound effects background enjoyed by audiences in the early 20th century. The organ concerts with Wurlitzer that have been presented for 50 years at Senate are also still happening. 2013 Pops Concert Series Mar 17 – Simon Gledhill Apr 21 – Tony Thomas May 12 – Martin Ellis June 23 – Mark Herman Sept 22 – Justin Stahl Oct 20 – Scott Smith Nov 17 – Clark Wilson Dec 8 – Joel Gary All Sunday at 3:00 PM.

5/17/2013 - DTOSEvents
In 2013 the Senate Theater started showing movies again. Movies with sound and silent films too that feature live accompaniment on the 4/34 Wurlitzer theatre organ. A new wide movie screen is arriving around the middle of 2013. There are also live music shows and other events. Upcoming Events May 19, 2013 at 3 PM Buster Keaton's classic silent film, THE GENERAL, and two other Keaton short films will be presented with live Wurlitzer theater organ accompaniment at Detroit's Senate Theater.

Organist Dennis Scott is accompanying the movie. This program is suitable for all ages and will acquaint today's audiences with a silent film classic and the musical and sound effects background enjoyed by audiences in the early 20th century. The organ concerts with Wurlitzer that have been presented for 50 years at Senate are also still happening. 2013 Pops Concert Series Mar 17 – Simon Gledhill Apr 21 – Tony Thomas May 12 – Martin Ellis June 23 – Mark Herman Sept 22 – Justin Stahl Oct 20 – Scott Smith Nov 17 – Clark Wilson Dec 8 – Joel Gary All Sunday at 3:00 PM.

3/13/2011 - Gary
The Detroit Theater Organ Society will be reopening the Senate Theater to its members and the general public for concerts featuring world-class artists on its one-of-a-kind 4/34 Mighty Wurlitzer theater pipe organ beginning in May 2011. After several years of exhaustive efforts to locate a suitable new home for DTOS and its prized instrument, the organization decided to remain at the Senate and continue on its mission of preserving an important artifact of music history as well as educating and engaging new generations in the richness and versatility of theater organs. On May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm, DTOS will present its reopening concert featuring world renowned organist Jelani Eddington. Tickets are $12. 00 and may be purchased at the door.

For more information, call (313) 894-4100 or visit their web site at www. dtos. org.

6/17/2010 - Fred
The Senate Theater building and adjacent properties are for sale. Signs are posted. www. dtos. org.

12/31/2009 - Jon C.
The Senate Theatre is now closed. The Detroit Theatre Organ Society could no longer afford to operate the theatre and has ended organ concerts at the Senate. The building is now for sale. The DTOS is looking for a new home for the Mighty Wurlitzer that was moved to the Senate from the Fisher Theatre 45 years ago. A sad story indeed.

3/29/2007 - Sean Fitzgerald
Many a night was spent next door at the Senate Coney Island with my first girl, poet Laura Lenart. It was a great place and I had many great times there, after a beer at Sharron''s old homestead, or hanging out at her house on Livernois and John Cronk. I always wondered what went on inside the theater.
3/28/2007 - Joun LauterJohn Lauter
new updated web address for the DTOS/Senate theatre with pictures: http://www. dtos. org/Design/Home/indexHome. htm.
2/15/2004 - Joan Brown
Please update the D. T. O. C. to D.

T. O. S, as we are now the Detroit Theater Organ Society. We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization and are planning to do some major renovating/ remodeling of the 1928 Senate Theater.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or would like to tour the building may contact me at Jbeethoven@aol. com. Thank you so much. Also the manager of the Theater is Jim Casterson.

2/15/2004 - Cinema Treasures
The Senate opened in 1926 and its architect was Christian W. Brandt, who designed a number of smaller Detroit houses like the Times Square and LaSalle Garden, most of which have not survived. Remodeled sometime in the 30s in an Art Deco style, including a new facade and tall vertical marquee, the Senate continued to operate until 1958 when it was closed. The former theater was acquired by the Detroit Theater Organ Society in 1963 who renovated it and reduced seating from 1200 to about 900. The Society moved the former Fisher Theater organ from the Iris Theater, where it was briefly kept in 1961-2, to the Senate.

Since then, the Senate has been home to the DTOS, and features organ concerts. It no longer has its projection equipment, so unlike the Redford, which features organ concerts and classic motion pictures, the Senate is now a concert hall only. Cinema Treasures Link.
12/19/2003 - Box Office Magazine
April 1959 - George Wise of the Senate Theatre was nursing bruises along with two members of Local 199, Fred Lokar and James Cunningham, all three of whom were set upon by an unidentified man last Friday evening. Two bruisers beat and kicked the picketers in front of the theatre. Another punched Wise in the face some time later after inferring the other beating had been instigated by Wise, who has had picketing at the recently opened Senate because of failure to hire a union projectionist.
12/18/2003 - Box Office Magazine
May 1959 - George Wise reported two minor fires in one day at the Senate Theatre.
12/18/2003 - Box Office Magazine
February 1959 - George Wise reopened the Senate as lesee. The house was formerly run by A&W Theatres. Bill Clark is handling all buying-booking. Clark is also taking over the buying for Bob Pennels Cozy at Decatur.

3/19/2003 - Joan Brown
Concerts are performed by world known organist and cost is just $12. 00 for concert. Memberships are available and members attend concerts free.
Senate Theatre - RECENT PIC BEFORE DEMO
RECENT PIC BEFORE DEMO
Senate Theatre - RECENT PIC
RECENT PIC
Senate Theatre - INTERIOR
INTERIOR

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