NCG Courtland Cinemas

4226 East Court Street,
Burton, MI 48509

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NCG Courtland Cinemas entrance

Opened in 1969, the same year the Eastland Mall opened, it was originally a single screen theater. National Amusements took it over in 1982 which twinned it. When the Eastland Mall was renamed Courtland Center, the cinema was appropriately renamed. It closed in the mid-1980s when the nearby co-owned Showcase Cinemas Flint East added additional screens.

After several unsuccesful attempts to reopen it, Silver Cinemas reopened it as the Silver Cinemas after expanding it to six screens with all-stadium seating. National Amusements quickly took it over, converting it into a second-run bargain-priced house.

The Courtland Center Cinemas was closed on December 11, 2008. It was reopened NCG on May 20, 2011.

Contributed by Gary Flinn

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

TenPoundHammer on May 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The theater complex is still vacant. For the past several years, Courtland Center has slowly been losing tenants.

John Fink
John Fink on May 12, 2011 at 5:04 am

NCG is reopening the theater on May 20th.

TenPoundHammer on May 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

^Where did you hear this?

TenPoundHammer on May 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I’ve found absolutely nothing saying that NCG is reopening this. Anyone wanna verify?

cvolosin on May 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

yep it’s there! hope they actually spent some money instead of dusting the cobwebs and turning the power back on.

TenPoundHammer on May 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Now officially reopened.

steelbeard1 on May 31, 2011 at 9:51 am

NCG did a nice job in getting this cinema going again. All screens are digital with stadium seating and they moved equipment from the Clio Cinemas which they recently closed into this cinema.

steelbeard1 on June 10, 2011 at 4:10 am

According to this cinema was expanded and renovated in 1998 by the Silver Cinemas chain and renamed Silver Cinemas which added four additional screens and renovated the two existing screens with stadium seating, reclining seats and cupholders. National Amusements bought it just months later and renamed the theater back to Courtland Cinemas.

steelbeard1 on June 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

The original operator of this cinema was the United Detroit Theatres unit of ABC Theatres. When ABC exited the theater business, Plitt Theatres took over. Plitt sold it to National Amusements before it first closed in the mid-1980s.

steelbeard1 on June 14, 2011 at 4:20 am

When the theater opened in 1969, its entrance was very plain looking with just a channel letter sign above the entrance saying “Mall Theatre.” Before Silver Cinemas reopened it in 1998, they also revamped the entrance adding the nice tile work and the marquee over the entrance.

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