Shores Theatre closing for renovation/expansion

posted by steelbeard1 on November 22, 2006 at 3:00 am

ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI — The Shores Theatre in the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores will close for five months to allow for expansion and renovation to create a five-screen cineplex with stadium-style seating.

About two years in the making, the theater project has begun with interior demolition scheduled for later this month, said David Tolfree, operational manager for the theater. The goal, he said, is to have the project wrapped up for a May 1 grand opening with the premiere of “Spider-Man 3.”

The theater interior will be gutted to make way for five theaters with stadium seating, two concessions stands, a larger lobby and two entrances. The exterior of the facility, which was built in 1935, will feature two automated ticket kiosks and new signage.

The theater’s existing marquee will be preserved by the city’s historical society, said theater spokesman Bruce Ferguson.

For more details go to The Detroit News.

Comments (6)

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on November 22, 2006 at 8:16 pm

Would be nice to see a photo or two

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on November 22, 2006 at 11:10 pm

Thank you Gary for the website. I like the vintage photo of the marquee

Patsy
Patsy on November 24, 2006 at 2:54 am

The b/w photo looks to be of the art deco style compared to how it looks today along with the original marquee. Sure would be nice to see it as it used to be! I’ve been to St. Clair Shores, but was before finding Cinema Treasures so didn’t know about this theatre then.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on November 24, 2006 at 4:06 am

Patsy..how was your trip to Gettysburg and the Carlisle area? Hope you had a nice time and enjoyed your stay.

Patsy
Patsy on November 24, 2006 at 2:13 pm

John: My trip to Gettysburg was historically interesting. We all have studied the Civil War, but until one sees the battlefield, in person, one doesn’t get a true sense of what happened there. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to Carlisle to see the Carlisle Theatre though I did contact them. If I get back to that area of PA, I hope to also tour the Hershey Theatre in Hershey PA.

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