Landmark Main Art Theatre

118 N. Main Street,
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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Main Art Theater Auditorium

Located in the Royal Oak district of Detroit on N. Main Street at East 11 Mile Road. The Main Theatre opened on August 7, 1941 with 800 seats, and was operated for many years by Robert Anthony.

It was twinned in 1983, with seating for 340 and 290. Now a triple screen theatre, it remains a popular movie house showing independent, foreign, and classic films.

Contributed by Dennis Lewis

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 30, 2007 at 10:30 am

Looks like the condos might have been built next door. Or, I suppose, they might have decided to only build ½ condo towers due to market conditions.

aratcliffe on October 2, 2007 at 6:37 pm

I believe the current plan is to utilize the theater space for parking or additional add-ons at the rear of the development. All I’ve heard, though, is that as soon as the lease is up, they’re done.

DetroitDerek on January 15, 2008 at 9:23 am

Picture as of Ocotber of 2007

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aratcliffe on March 6, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I was just in the area last week and decided to take in a flick while the place is still standing. It’s remarkable to me what little has changed since I first worked there 15 years ago. The ol' place is still fighting it out.

CSWalczak on September 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I wonder, especially in view of the rumors of closing that have surfaced over the last few years, and in light of Landmark’s recent theater closings in some other cities, if this theater will survive as construction has begun on Emagine Entertainment’s ten-plex nearby – especially if the new theater books some of Landmark’s traditional arthouse fare.

Mark_L on September 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I saw SHORT CUTS at this theatre in November, 1993 in 70mm. I missed by one day a 70mm screening of BARAKA in one of the other 2 theatres.

Later, the same day, I saw GETTYSBURG at a different Detroit theatre, making for an almost 8-hour 70mm day! Don’t think that will ever happen again!

JackCoursey on February 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

A very nice venue; had some trepidation going in thinking that the original auditorium had been altered but was pleasantly surprised to see it still intact. Two smaller and less decorative auditoria were built on in the later 1980s. Flicks from 2010: Lobby, Facade

RickB on February 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Blogger Detroit Funk says that this theatre was threatened with demolition to make room for a condo project, but the deal has fallen through. He has marquee and lobby pictures (the last one is a really nice under-the-marquee shot) here.

Fulby95 on May 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Here’s a little-known fact on this theater: In 1980, it became the very first theater in the MJR chain.

facesthen on July 5, 2013 at 12:33 am

A seminal experience in my movie going, from 1957-1963 I went to Saturday matinees where horror and sci fi films like THE BLOB, I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF, I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and so many others inflamed my young imagination. Those “shape changers” were particularly scary.

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