The Civic Theater, located at 33332 Grand River in the heart of Downtown Farmington - a suburb of Detroit, first opened in 1940. The Art Deco styled theater was designed by Architect Howard Crane, who also designed the Fox Theater. It is currently owned by the City of Farmington. On September 1, 1999, the City of Farmington purchased the Farmington Civic Theatre from the Hohler family, who had operated it for more than 59 years. Outside of closing for a short period of time in 1999 due to renovations to it's balcony, it has been open during it's entire lifetime.