It was a beautiful unseasonably warm day in January when I traveled to Detroit, Gem Theatre for a wedding.
Nicolette and Adam are two warm and loving people and together they make a perfect pair. Standing with them on their wedding day was magical.
First let's chat about the venue, Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit Michigan. In 1902, the Twentieth Century Club, a group of cultural, socially prominent women, built a Mission-style building to house their club. The building, now the Century Theatre, is built of red brick trimmed with white sandstone. The first floor originally housed a dining room, while the second floor housed a 400-seat auditorium.
In 1928, the member of the Century club contracted George D. Mason to design a theater addition to the Century Club building. The resulting Spanish Revival-style building was leased to the Little Theatre chain, which showed foreign films, and the building was known as the Little Theatre.
In 1933, due to the Depression, the Twentieth Century Club disbanded. The Little Theatre, however, continued, suffering through several name changes, becoming The Rivoli in 1932, Drury Lane (and then the Europa in 1935, the Cinema in 1936, and the Vanguard Playhouse in 1960. The Vanguard offered live theater rather than movies.
Finally, in 1967, the theatre was named the Gem. The building was used as an adult movie house until it closed in 1978. Soon afterward, developer Charles Forbes purchased the combined Gem/Century building, and began a complete restoration of the Gem Theatre in 1990. The refurbished Gem opened in 1991.
Protected from demolition during urban renewal for Comerica Park, the newest home of the Detroit Tigers, the Gem Theatre and Century Theatre were moved five-blocks on wheels to its new location at 333 Madison Street on 16 October 1997. At a distance of 563 meters (1,850 feet) it is the furthest known relocation of a sizable building.
Now, Nicolette being a performer chose this amazing venue for it's personality and meaning to her - she could stand on stage right where she feels at home!
Adam and Nicolette shared their personal vows and words of love and were united as husband and wife. Her bridesmaid and friend sang opera during the ceremony, we included the greek crowning ceremony and surrounded by their closest family and friends the celebration was beautiful (just like them).