Developer: 153-room AC Hotel to open in 2021 next to Bonstelle Theatre

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — An AC Hotel will open in late 2021 next to the Bonstelle Theatre, a developer announced Tuesday morning.

Detroit's Roxbury Group says it has signed an agreement with Marriott International to develop the project, which will have 153 rooms over 10 stories. Construction on the new building in the 3400 block of Woodward is expected to begin this summer.

An artist rendering shows the AC Hotel to be built next to Bonstelle Theatre on Woodward.

The AC Hotel will take the place of the West Elm hotel that was originally supposed to have been built on the site, but was canceled last year.

The project, estimated to cost $46 million, will restore the Bonstelle Theatre to its original 1903 Albert Kahn-designed exterior and 1925 interior redesign, carried out under its then-new owner, Jessie Bonstelle. The theater will be attached to the hotel with a glass atrium. 

The theater will be used as a live performance and community event space. Roxbury says it "recently entered into a long-term master lease" of the Bonstelle property with Wayne State University. 

The theater itself had a two-decade history as Temple Beth El, a synagogue, before the synagogue moved north and the building was sold. 

Bonstelle Theatre was home to a theater company and used to screen movies. Wayne State bought it in 1951, and in 2018 announced it would decommission the theater.