WORLD PREMIERE: Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale

Wednesday, September 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. for V.I.P. ticketholders. V.I.P. Tickets: SOLD OUT. General admission doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Program begins at 7:30 p.m.


Boblo Island, one of America's earliest amusement parks, sparked the imaginations of Detroiters for decades, with passengers by the thousands reaching the island by way of two steamships, SS Columbia and Ste. Claire. In 1993 Boblo Island shut down, and the boats were left to ruin. Mirroring Detroit's decline and efforts at resurgence, two teams of people doggedly attempt to restore these iconic vessels and save them from the scrapyard.

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