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Bonstelle Theatre - Old photos

The original interior of the Bonstelle, a Jewish temple, was covered in decorative plaster and ornate woodwork.

The original interior of the Bonstelle, a Jewish temple, was covered in decorative plaster and ornate woodwork.

The Bonstelle was originally the Temple Beth El and was overhauled after the Jewish congregation moved to other quarters.

The original interior of the Bonstelle, a Jewish temple, was covered in decorative plaster and ornate woodwork.

The original interior of the Bonstelle, a Jewish temple, was covered in decorative plaster and ornate woodwork.

The original interior of the Bonstelle, a Jewish temple, was covered in decorative plaster and ornate woodwork.

The original interior of the Bonstelle, a Jewish temple, was covered in decorative plaster and ornate woodwork.

The original interior of the Bonstelle, a Jewish temple, was covered in decorative plaster and ornate woodwork.

The original interior of the Bonstelle, a Jewish temple, was covered in decorative plaster and ornate woodwork.

The original facade of the Bonstelle, in its days as the Temple Beth El and before the front was lopped off for the expansion of Woodward Avenue.

The original facade of the Bonstelle, in its days as the Temple Beth El and before the front was lopped off for the expansion of Woodward Avenue.

The original facade of the Bonstelle, in its days as the Temple Beth El and before the front was lopped off for the expansion of Woodward Avenue.

The original facade of the Bonstelle, in its days as the Temple Beth El and before the front was lopped off for the expansion of Woodward Avenue.

The original facade of the Bonstelle, in its days as the Temple Beth El and before the front was lopped off for the expansion of Woodward Avenue.

The original entrance to the theater, before Woodward was expanded and knocked it out.

The original facade of the Bonstelle, in its days as the Temple Beth El and before the front was lopped off for the expansion of Woodward Avenue.

The Bonstelle under construction about 1902. It was originally the Temple Beth El.

The theater's dome under construction about 1902

The theater's dome under construction about 1902

The original facade of the Bonstelle, in its days as the Temple Beth El and before the front was lopped off for the expansion of Woodward Avenue.

The theater was known for a while as the Wayne University Theatre before the school changed its name back to Bonstelle.

The Bonstelle, with its original facade, in its days as the Temple Beth El

A car burns in front of the Bonstelle, during its Mayfair Theatre days, during a race riot June 21, 1943.

The original facade of the Bonstelle, in its days as the Temple Beth El and before the front was lopped off for the expansion of Woodward Avenue.

The Bonstelle, with its original facade, in its days as the Temple Beth El

The Bonstelle Playhouse with its grand entrance, lost when Woodward was widened.

The Bonstelle with its new canopy, replacing the old Mayfair Theatre marquee

The Bonstelle, in its days as the Wayne University Theatre and sporting the marquee from its days as the Mayfair Theatre