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Detroit Opera House
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Detroit Opera House which includes interior views and theater scenes

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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3.5 out of 5
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The Siren Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI
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MotorCity Casino Hotel
MotorCity Casino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI
The price is $159 per night from May 11 to May 11
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Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
3.5 out of 5
1 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI
The price is $161 per night from May 16 to May 16
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3.5 out of 5
1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI
The price is $159 per night from May 9 to May 9
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4 out of 5
1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
The price is $255 per night from May 9 to May 9
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Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown
3 out of 5
351 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI
The price is $144 per night from May 16 to May 16
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4 out of 5
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The price is $175 per night from May 10 to May 10
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The price is $136 per night from May 23 to May 23
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $132 per night from May 16 to May 16
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The price is $161 per night from May 26 to May 26
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