Eastown Theatre Latest Demolished Detroit Building


My first visit to the Eastown Theatre harkens back in 2011, while the building was already long abandoned (you can read all about its history at detroiturbex.com). It had even seen a fire on one side of the building years ago, yet it still stood. It continued to stand until the winter of 2013 when the roof caved in from the weight of the heavy buildup of snow accumulated that winter (and scrapping probably didn’t help the stability of the roof either).

Yet, people still came. They still wanted to see the theatre, as there were not many theatres easily accessible in the city. The Grandy and Vanity had both been sealed up and were a challenge to get in to, not to mention the National Theatre and United Artists Theatre which are heavily secure (and I have yet to have seen them, while others have found a small window of opportunity and had gained access). I have found over the years of urban exploring that most of it is just good timing. And patience. Lots of patience.

So, we say good-bye to one more historical building in the city of Detroit. It’s not to say that it isn’t ready to go, as it was mainly just a shell of its former self. But, I still experience sadness when I see a bit of Detroit’s history disappear into the ethers of time.

Below are images I have captured at the theatre since 2011.


4 thoughts on “Eastown Theatre Latest Demolished Detroit Building

  1. Dana Atnip says:

    Such a shame to lose such a beautiful piece of Detroit’s history, even though it was in such poor condition! At least there are pictures to preserve the memory.

  2. Mark says:

    I agree that it is sad to lose that history, but I suppose keeping buildings like this standing in this condition are a bit of a catch 22 when Detroit is trying to re-invigorate itself. (Especially after the ceiling fell in!). I suppose it makes these photographs even more special now (which are great btw!).

    It is an interesting process to think about – when do you think a building has had its time and ready to move on?

    • Alanna St. Laurent
      Alanna St. Laurent says:

      You are right, this building was beyond help especially once the roof caved in. It was time for it to go, but it still is very sad to lose one more of hundreds of beautiful buildings that have been demolished during Detroit’s history.

      And thank you about your kind words on my photos!

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