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Response to Neo:
Vincent Chinn was not killed at a theatre. The Fancy Pants was a Bar, located one block south of the Davison Expressway.
Why everyone thinks that he was killed at the Hiland Theatre is beyond me. Perhaps someone with mystic powers of mind control is working on the general populace making them beleive it was the Hiland Theatre.
I like a lot of your comments on the Hiland Theatre. There is one item I wanted to point out to you. The Fancy Pants was a bottomless bar located further south along Woodward Ave. on the E. side of the street. It was actually one block south of the Davidson expressway The Fancy pants was torn down many years ago after it was closed perminately following a beating incident which resulted in death.
One a lighter note, there was one more theatre located a few blocks north of the Davidson expressway on the W. side of Woodward. It was before the Highland Theatre, I beleive it was off the corner of Grand Ave. and Woodward. The entrance was not in front but actually off to the side on Grand Ave. as I was told by people much older than myself.
The Center was open in the 60’s because I distinctly remember it as being one of the few theatres open for a certain movie that I wanted to see. It is not in existance now, but it was most definately open in the 60’s.
I can’t remember ever going to see a movie there when I was young, as far as I can remember, it always showed adult movies. Although it had a marquee, it never really stood out until they started advertising adult movies.
I saw “Bonnie and Clyde” there on Xmas Eve one time. I think they edited the ending of that movie since then because I was young and the way they shot up Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the end, one could'nt forget that, even on Xmas Eve. Oh well, it was a nice theatre.
I saw the movie “Tommy” there. That was when Dolby stereo first came out. The lines there to see Star Wars 3 were incredible back then.
That theatre had all the first runs all the time. Unfortunately, it was not much to look at in the way of nostalgic architecture due to it’s modern design.
I saw “Bambi” there as a kid. I remember seeing “Hell Angels on Wheels” there as well, that was in the 60’s when motorcycle movies were popular. Now the structure houses an adult bookstore.
I saw “Born Free” there and also “Sands of the Kalihari”.
I Saw a few movies there, it was a nice theatre. It was torn down when the Federals Dept. Store was demolished.