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Jack White saves Detroit theatre from foreclosure

Jack White has shelled out $142,000 to save Detroit’s Masonic Temple from foreclosure.

The venue, where White has played nine times and where his mother used to work as an usher, will be renamed The Jack White Theatre in his honour.

The building is a historical landmark in Detroit, taking up an entire block of the Cass Corridor area of the city and contains shops, offices and bowling lanes in addition to the theatre. Such iconic rock acts as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and The Rolling Stones have played there.

White stepped in after the venue had fallen into tax debt and was threatened with foreclosure if the money wasn’t paid by the deadline of June 3rd. In the end he paid the entire outstanding balance.

"Jack's donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it," said Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran to the Detroit Free Press. "Jack's magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words."





Listen to ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’ by The White Stripes recorded live at Detroit's Masonic Temple here: