Restored neon sign at Detroit's Senate Theater lights Michigan Avenue for the first time in 35 years

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Michigan Avenue, just west of Livernois, has been glowing each night this week. For the first time in a generation, the neon signage at the Senate Theater is lighting up the street.

The Detroit Theater Organ Society bought the Senate Theater from the city of Detroit in 1964 for $1,000. Their volunteers have worked since then to repair, restore and maintain the 900-seat movie theater on Detroit’s west side.

According to the society, this is the first time in at least 35 years that the large "Senate" neon sign has properly worked. 

This latest bit of repair work could help bring a few new visitors inside a building that houses one of Detroit's true gems: the massive Wurlitzer organ that was once the centerpiece of the city's Fisher Theatre .

Of course, the Senate Theater still plays movies. This weekend, you can even catch the original 1987 version of RoboCop on the big screen for just $6.

As you walk through the newly neon-lit entrance, you'll probably hear the giant organ being played before a movie, during intermissions and at special concerts. You can find a complete schedule on the society's website .

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