Spurred by the resounding success of the Fox , other theaters soon followed. One contrast to the cavernous Fox is the intimate Gem and Century Theatres (333 Madison Ave., 313/963-9800, www.gemtheatre.com ), a joint cabaret-style venue with 450 seats.
Founded in 1928 by a women’s group hoping to have an “uplifting influence on the community,” the Gem degenerated into a vaudeville house and a sleazy strip joint before foresighted businessman Chuck Forbes, owner of most of Detroit’s  vintage theaters, restored it as a complement to the Fox and a stop for national comedy acts, small plays, and musical revues. It reopened in 1992.
Threatened by the new Comerica Park ballpark—home to the Detroit Tigers —it was moved to its present location in 1998. As the world’s largest commercial building to be moved, it even made the pages of Guinness World Records.