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Detroit Opera House

Host to enchanting operas, dance shows and Broadway productions, this is one of the city’s most prestigious venues.

Detroit’s premier destination for a special night out, the Detroit Opera House is a stunning 2,700-seat venue in the city’s Grand Circus Park Historic District. It opened in 1922 as the Capitol Theater, changing ownership several times before closing in 1985. In 1996 it reopened in all its former glory after a restoration project by the Michigan Opera Theatre. As a world-class performance venue, the opera house has hosted stars such as Louis Armstrong, Luciano Pavarotti and Roy Orbison.

It’s easy to just stand and admire this enormous Italian Renaissance-style building and its extravagantly decorated interior. There are marble staircases, ornate ceilings and elaborate chandeliers. Take a tour of the building to learn about its restoration process. You’ll also go backstage to meet personnel and learn how performances are managed.

Dozens of productions grace this stage each year, including operas, ballets and Broadway productions. Find tour dates on the website, but rest assured that you can see a variety of shows, from The Lion King musical to Beethoven’s Fidelio.

Seats in the main hall are small but comfortable and the acoustics are excellent. While it’s a spacious venue, it feels quite intimate and cozy. The building also has it’s own restaurant and bar, the Cadillac Café. It’s open for light meals before performances and desserts afterwards.

The Detroit Opera House is in the heart of downtown. Touring dates and performance schedules vary, so check the website for details. Parking near the opera house can be expensive come show time; you can prepay for a space online or by phone. Detroit’s light rail system, the People Mover, makes a loop of the downtown area and stops at all major attractions in the area, including the opera house.


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Lodging Near Detroit Opera House

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MotorCity Casino Hotel

MotorCity Casino Hotel

2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit
4.4
of 5, from 4,649 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

MotorCity Casino Hotel offers an entertainment hotspot and base on the edge of downtown Detroit. For concerts, shows, and sporting events, guests can drive 5 minutes to Ford Field, Fox Theater, and Detroit Opera House. It's also 5 minutes by car to GM Renaissance Center, for dining and shopping.

$140
Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront

Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront

2 Washington Blvd, Detroit
3.9
of 5, from 1,349 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cobo Center and GM Renaissance Center. Fox Theatre and Ford Field are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$165
Atheneum Suite Hotel

Atheneum Suite Hotel

1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit
4.3
of 5, from 1,765 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This business-friendly Detroit hotel is close to Campus Martius Park, the Detroit Opera House, Greektown Casino, and Ford Field.

$179
MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit

1777 3rd Street, Detroit
4.4
of 5, from 777 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Detroit, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fillmore Detroit, Detroit Opera House, and Cobo Center. Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena are also within 15 minutes.

$169
Greektown Casino Hotel

Greektown Casino Hotel

1200 Saint Antoine St, Detroit
4.3
of 5, from 2,221 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Greektown Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old St. Mary's Church and Ford Field. GM Renaissance Center and Comerica Park are also within 15 minutes.

$179
Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney

1 Park Avenue, Detroit
4.6
of 5, from 652 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Detroit Opera House and Fox Theatre. Ford Field and Comerica Park are also within 10 minutes.

$126
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Detroit Downtown

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Detroit Downtown

1020 Washington Blvd, Detroit
3.8
of 5, from 1,236 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cobo Center, Fox Theatre, and Ford Field. GM Renaissance Center and Comerica Park are also within 15 minutes.

$108
Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel

Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel

277 Riverside Drive West, Windsor
4.0
of 5, from 2,363 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Detroit Windsor Tunnel, Ambassador Bridge, and University of Windsor. GM Renaissance Center and Ford Field are also within 6 mi (10 km).