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I saw “Planet of the Ape’s” & “The lengend of Boggy creek” here. The theatre was located across the street from my elementary school. I always miss seeing the Norwest sign as I drive down Grandriver, but great memory’s!!!!!
I had just turned 13 year’s old, my 7th grade class had been keeping up on the filming of Star Wars thru a monthly pamphlet sent to our school, there was a contest to win a trip to see the first showing, as luck would have it our class won and on May 25th 1977 I sat front row center seat at the Southfield Americana, which had a 30'x60' screen in 35mm dolby stereo, after the first scene as the Starship passed over my head and kept getting bigger and bigger, my life was changed, I no longer played with my Evil Kinevil, Star Wars brought me out of childhood to adolescense. When I got home that night I retold the whole movie for my little brother’s who for the first time in their live’s sat quiet as I told of Light saber’s the Princess & Darth Vader. It will always be my favorite movie. The theatre is gone now, but everytime I drive by the location I point out to my kid’s “that’s were I first saw Star Wars”, they alway’s reply “we know dad, we’ve heard it a million time’s”.