58. Wyandotte Theater, Built 1938, First Two-Screen Theater in the United States, Largest stage and auditorium south of Detroit
The Wyandotte Theater opened in 1938 and is believed to be the first two-screen theater in the country. Several notable performers including Lucille Ball and Tom Mix performed here.
In the late 1990s conversion into a performing arts center was partially completed. Nearly $500,000 of structural steel was installed ensuring that the building is structurally sound. Despite substantial demolition of the interior, enough of the architectural fabric remains that when added with historic photographs makes it possible to reconstruct or adaptively reuse the theater.
With the largest stage south of Detroit, completing renovation of the theater would cost almost as much as purchasing the building and tearing it down. When completed though the theater could attract a regional audience to Wyandotte and bring vitality to the downtown district so sought after by merchants.