Senate Theater Marquee

$12,420 of $150k goal

Raised by 198 people in 5 months
Lance Luce  DETROIT, MI
We are the Senate Theater on Michigan Avenue in Detroit.  We are the home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society, and have been here since 1964.  Our theater was built in 1926 and had closed in 1955.  We bought it and have spent countless volunteer hours restoring it. 

The Senate is home to the Mighty Wurlitzer from the Fisher Theater!  This magnificent theater pipe organ has been in the Senate longer than it was in the Fisher, and has provided monthly organ concerts for more than 50 years now!  It is one of the largest Wurlitzers in the world, and is a one of a kind design.

Unfortunately our sign (and the steel structure that holds it up) has rusted over the years and we had to take down the letterboard part, making it difficult to advertise our movies and events.  We need to raise about $150,000 to put up a new letterboard so people know we are open for business.

Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated!  We love our theater and it's Wurlitzer, both gems of Detroit!  Thank you so much for considering a donation to our non-profit "organ"ization!
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Update 4
Posted by Lance Luce
4 months ago
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Thanks to you we have passed $10,000! raised so far!
Fantastic progress thanks to your generous donations!!
Thank you!
Our one-of-a-kind Fisher Wurlitzer!!
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Todd Branstner
5 months ago
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You should emphasize a little more clearly that this is the original organ from the Fisher Theater.

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Thomas Edward Lewandowski
14 days ago

I know this theater and the good people that try to keep it afloat. For many years I was active there and made various innovations. When you approach a theater the main sign and Marquee are vary important. Even though over the years the interior has changed and is truly remarkable the exterior welcoming Marquee is so important. Let's help the DTOS welcome its visitors in style. Marquee's are not cheap!

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Richard Robbins
3 months ago

Do donations include membership in the society? IF so how much is that?

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David Grauman
5 months ago

For anyone wanting a bit more history of the organ and how it ended up at the Senate, here is a video I produced a few years back. https://vimeo.com/40914302

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Joan Brown
5 months ago

To all-THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!!

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$12,420 of $150k goal

Raised by 198 people in 5 months
Created September 30, 2016
SG
$25
Steve Green
22 days ago

As someone who grew up in Detroit (not the 'burbs), I hope to see the city rise from the ashes of it's current sad shape. There are many treasures in the city, theatre organs among them. I hope the campaign achieves its goal.

LS
$10
Lauren Slepsky
1 month ago
CF
$25
Cheryl Fuller
1 month ago

Thank you for trying to preserve!

$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
$25
Roseann Micallef
2 months ago
SM
$10
Sarah Makulski
2 months ago
EM
$15
Elaine Meyer
2 months ago
BJ
$100
Brian Johnston
2 months ago
JW
$10
John Wood
2 months ago
DR
$10
Daniela Ristevska
2 months ago
Todd Branstner
5 months ago
1
1

You should emphasize a little more clearly that this is the original organ from the Fisher Theater.

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Thomas Edward Lewandowski
14 days ago

I know this theater and the good people that try to keep it afloat. For many years I was active there and made various innovations. When you approach a theater the main sign and Marquee are vary important. Even though over the years the interior has changed and is truly remarkable the exterior welcoming Marquee is so important. Let's help the DTOS welcome its visitors in style. Marquee's are not cheap!

+ Read More
Richard Robbins
3 months ago

Do donations include membership in the society? IF so how much is that?

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David Grauman
5 months ago

For anyone wanting a bit more history of the organ and how it ended up at the Senate, here is a video I produced a few years back. https://vimeo.com/40914302

+ Read More
Joan Brown
5 months ago

To all-THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!!

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