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Abandoned Eastown Theater in Detroit at 8041 Harper Ave

Originally a movie theater that opened in 1930, it was also a big concert venue from 1969 thru 1972 seating 2,500 people. Concerts there included MC5, Stooges, Buddy Miles, Amboy Dukes, Rush, Howlin' Wolf, Alice Cooper, War, BB King, Albert King, Mountain, Steve Miller, Sly and the Family Stone, Grand Funk - and that was just in the first few months it was open! It has been known as the Eastown Theater for most of it's life. The theater operated from 1930 until 1967. Outside of Rock Acts, it did reopen briefly in 1975 for Jazz acts, again in 1976 for Performing arts and plays, 1980 for avant garde and exploitation films, and a last attempt in 1984 for live performing arts again. It has also hosted a few techno raves in it's time. It was originally designed by VJ Waier.

 

This is the place where Alice Cooper first started wearing a Top Hat, he had found it in the dumpster here.

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Taken on May 16, 2004