Restoring an Historic Theater
About Carole Ilitch
With family roots in Birmingham, Michigan, and a background in law, Carole Ilitch currently serves as a mediator with Oakland Mediation in Bloomfield Hills. Following law school at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, she returned to the Birmingham area, where her family maintained a well-established business. Carole Ilitch and her partners undertook an ambitious restoration of the dilapidated Birmingham Theatre. Built in 1926 as a playhouse, the theater had been closed for many years before Ms. Ilitch and her group successfully renovated and expanded it, reopening it as an eight-screen cinema in 1996.
Ms. Ilitch’s experience in the law includes a clerkship completed while in law school under Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley. She also worked for the Detroit law firm of Dickinson Wright, PLLC. In her current position with Oakland Mediation, Ms. Ilitch assists conflicted parties in defining realistic options and engaging proactively to attain solutions. She frequently drafts the agreements between parties in dispute. Carole Ilitch is a member of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association and is active with community organizations that assist at-risk girls.