Video by local photographer and videographer Robert Monaghan.
Scrappers have decimated the Eastown Theatre, a historic movie palace-turned-concert venue on Detroit’s east side.
Scrappers have been scavenging steel from the roof of the 2,500-seat theater at Harper and Van Dyke since at least February, ending whatever tiny hope remained of saving the long-neglected building.
The theater opened as a movie palace in October 1931 in a stable east-side neighborhoods. In 1969, the Eastown became a rock venue and attracted the Kinks, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Yes, Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf, King Crimson, MC5 and the Stooges, according to our friends at HistoricDetroit.org.
The aging building hosted raves until the late 1990s.
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The building has been foreclosed and is available in the county’s tax foreclosure auction.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.