The Friends of the Alger are committed to activation of our 1930s, art deco movie house with repairs, membership and fundraising events to engage our community in the space. As we build momentum, we will launch a capital campaign for full renovation of the theater building and its four adjoining storefronts. Our goal is to transform the Alger into a regional destination for arts and culture.

OUR MISSION: To activate and restore the Alger Theater and establish a welcoming destination for arts, entertainment, and education in the community

OUR VISION: To become the neighborhood catalyst driving new commercial, social, and cultural development to advance a vibrant community

OUR VALUES:  Inclusion  | Sustainability  | Creativity  | Community  | Preservation


Friends of the Alger 

Guest Bartender Night with music by O N E F R E Q and DJ Charlie Preset

@ the I-Rock Nightclub, 16350 Harper Avenue

Friday, April 17  |  Doors at 7:30pm

The Friends of the Alger and the I-Rock Nightclub welcome you to an evening of music to benefit the Alger restoration project. Long-time owners of the I-Rock, the Jankowski brothers, have offered their cool venue on Harper Avenue between I-94 and Whittier in support of the theater. Guest bartenders including ML Elrick of Fox News, Allan Lengel of DeadlineDetroit.com and beautiful blonde Joanna Tuttle of DetroitSports 105.1 will mix your drinks accompanied by live music from O N E F R E Q and DJ Charlie Preset to keep you dancing. Doors open at 7:30 and the party goes past midnight.

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DJ Charlie has rocked many an Alger party and always puts out great tunes. For more info on the band O N E F R E Q, check out their promo video and instagram feed. This is sure to be a great sounding night! onefreq

Entry donation of ten dollars is requested at the door, or in advance on Eventbrite, to help cover our costs; or become a member of the Friends for $35 and get entry plus a free pass to the Detroit Film Theater ($8.50 value) and a voucher for a free beverage at our Film on the Hill this summer. All entries get a chance at door prizes including spirits from Detroit City Distillery. Bring some extra bills to tip our bartenders….that’s where the fundraising comes in!

For more information, contact Helen at 313-244-5209.


University Liggett Senior Digs Detroit

Grosse Pointe News covers the story of ULS senior, Paris Burton, who is completing a two-year project focused on historic Detroit theaters.

For her academic research project, Burton spent more than a year researching two of Detroit’s historic theaters – The Alger Theater on the city’s East Side and the Fox Theatre. She wanted to learn how other historic Detroit theaters could be restored and re-imagined in the same way the Fox Theatre was revitalized in the 1980s.

Her project will be featured on the new series “Digging Detroit” where she will discuss her academic research project. See the story in the Grosse Pointe News.

2014 Renovations

We had success this year with repairs to the theater. Check out the list:

  • Exterior stucco repair, $1,000
  • Environmental analysis, asbestos survey and abatement, $23,850
  • Installation of five fire-rated exit doors (early December), $10,700
  • Roof patching, $2,650
  • Electrical wiring to new exit signs and marquee repair, $1850
  • Two sample theater seats, fully revamped courtesy of Lear Corporation
  • Theater cleanup with student volunteers resulting in a fully-loaded 30 cu ft dumpster
  • Allocation of $10,000 for a roof resurfacing which will add approximately five years to the life of the current roof, to be completed as soon as the weather breaks in 2015.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Friends of the Alger
PO Box 241183
16451 East Warren Avenue,
Detroit, Michigan, 48224