Like many other movie palaces, the Michigan Theater started its decline in the 1960s. Closed for the first time in 1967, several subsequent owners proved unable to keep it afloat in the precarious economic climate of a declining city center. At the end of the 1970s, the theater was eventually converted into a three-story parking lot, thereby cutting right through the stucco of its flamboyant decor.
Structure cut, Michigan Theater, 2007