Landmark Main Art Theatre

118 N. Main Street,
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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facesthen on July 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm

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.

Fulby95 on May 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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

RickB on February 20, 2012 at 10:31 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.

JackCoursey on February 5, 2011 at 9:43 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

Mark_L on September 8, 2010 at 8:07 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!

CSWalczak on September 8, 2010 at 5:56 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.

aratcliffe on March 6, 2008 at 4:28 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.

DetroitDerek on January 15, 2008 at 8:23 am

Picture as of Ocotber of 2007

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aratcliffe on October 2, 2007 at 5:37 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.

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Life's Too Short on September 30, 2007 at 9:30 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 September 30, 2007 at 12:20 am

God save the Main Art.

I don’t know that I could bear to have another childhoodadolescent memory of mine wind up as a pile of rubble.

JacquesStrappe on June 10, 2007 at 3:47 pm

What is the current status of this theater? Last I heard, it was threatened by demolition. If it’s gone (or soon to be gone), it truly is a shame.

DonFoshey on April 29, 2004 at 8:10 am

It may not be a theatre much longer. Good authority has it that the building is to be razed and high rise condos built on the site. The new building is supposedly going to have a theatre built into it, but it won’t have the charm of the old structure….and parking will be even more of a problem than in the past. Sigh!

Lucie on November 21, 2002 at 10:45 am

The Main is now a triple screener. Two smaller auditoriums were added on to the original main theatre.