The Burton Theatre is a new independent cinema in the Heart of Detroit that features classic art house, independent, LGBT, foreign and cult films. Responding to the shortage of art house venues in the city, the Burton Theatre aims to help Detroit rival Chicago and New York as a center for independent film.
Enjoy a night full of laughter and fun at the Majestic theatre. This charming historic 1912 theater is the entertainment center of Detroit. They offer a range of activities including fun bowling, concerts and great dining. You can play a rockin’ game of bowling with glow in the dark lanes and disco lights at the oldest bowling center in America. Stop by the Magic Stick Lounge or the Majestic Complex to see your favorite band live on stage. The Majestic theatre also has two locations to dine at. The Majestic Café offers a full service dining experience with the freshest ingredients. Order off their menu that features American classics along with nightly specials. On Sundays, come by between 10 am and 4 pm for Brunch with bottomless mimosas and live music. Inside the Garden Bowl you’ll find Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizzeria & Deli. They will cure your hunger with specialty pizzas and amazing sandwiches. They also offer fresh salads and sides like cheese bread served with pizza sauce.
If you wanted to buy RollerCade a gift, you might consider something with diamonds. The family-owned roller skating rink is on track to celebrate its 60th anniversary, having welcomed families to take a spin around its glossy track since 1955. It's a testament to the timelessness of the sport, but RollerCade does its part to try and keep the time-honored pastime fresh. On Friday nights, moms and dads, sons and daughters all roll to the sound of high-energy music as they play skating games, such as shoot the duck, while other weekdays bring their own themed events such as Tuesday night Zumba sessions or Saturday afternoon learn-to-skate classes. Guests can rent skates at the rink or purchase their very own pair at the on-site shop, which also services skates when they've lost a wheel or suffered a flat.
The Detroit Orchestra Hall has welcomed audiences for over 100 years to enjoy performances presented with sublime acoustic. Since its building in 1919, this historic venue has undergone a drastic restoration. It was completed in 2003 with the new addition of the modern Max M. Fisher Music Center. The Orchestra Hall hosts a variety of events including special holiday concerts, a wonderful jazz series, and special family concerts--perfect for the kids! Walk in, take a seat and observe the lavish atmosphere finished in Beaux-Art décor as you wait to take in the performance. For a meal after the show dine at the divine Paradise Lounge. Taste one of their weekly three course meals created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained executive Chef Michael Polsinelli.
Described by the Wall Street Journal as "probably America's most visitor-friendly art museum," the Detroit Institute of Arts has been building one of the top six collections in the country since it was founded in 1885. Along the way, the institute acquired standout pieces such as Vincent Van Gogh's Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a public museum's collection in the United States. Former director William Valentiner commissioned Diego Rivera to paint the world-renowned Detroit Industry mural cycle in an indoor courtyard—a more lasting tribute to the beauty of labor. In total, more than 60,000 works of prehistoric, modern, contemporary, and multinational art have found a home within the museum's more than 100 galleries.
The institute’s broad range of art comprises not only American and European works but also significant pieces of African, Asian, and Native American origin. An auditorium and recital hall also make the institute a haven for film and live music on Friday and Sunday. Guests can even attend free-with-admission drop-in workshops to make their own unique works of art.
On November 19, 1928, the Detroit Historical Society opened the Detroit Historical Museum in a one-room suite on the 23rd floor of the Barlum Tower, earning it the nickname of highest museum in the world. These days, Detroit?s Cultural Center accommodates the museum in an 80,000-square-foot space, where interactive exhibits preserve more than 300 years of city history. Frontiers to Factories traces Detroit's transformation from French-frontier outpost to industrial city, while America's Motor City celebrates its automotive dominance with a changing display of classic vehicles and a 1903 Model T that guests can sit in. Streets of Old Detroit brings the 19th century to life with recreated cobblestone streets that wind past stores of the era such as a five-and-dime, a soda shop, and a barbershop for powdered wigs.
Thanks to recent renovations, the society has expanded its chronicle of Detroit with three new permanent exhibitions. Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy covers the ways the city's industrial infrastructure adapted to demands of World War II, and The Gallery of Innovation includes videos about renowned innovators and hands-on activities involving trial and error. As The Allesee Gallery of Culture examines the city's cultural history, its Kid Rock Music Lab lets visitors create and share their own music using interactive displays. Outside, the Detroit Legends Plaza honors the city's sports, entertainment, and media legends with cemented handprints and signatures from stars such as Lily Tomlin and Martha Reeves.