‘Downton Abbey’ fans dress part for sneak preview
“Downton Abbey” mania swept over the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday night as more than 1,200 fans of the Masterpiece show gathered for a sneak preview of the final season before it premieres in January.
Many were dressed in period clothing to fit right into the show that follows Robert Crawley — Great Britain’s 7th Earl of Grantham — his wife Cora, and their family and staff.
Tickets to the free screening at the 1,235-seat auditorium were snatched up weeks ago. After a costume contest and trivia contest, fans got to watch the first hour of the show’s Season 6 premiere.
Across the region, diehard “Downton” fans have been flocking to early screenings and viewing parties. A screening party at the Detroit Institute of Art’s Detroit Film Theatre earlier this week also was sold out.
“Downton Abbey” premieres Jan. 3 on Detroit Public Television.
— Maureen Feighan