Metro Mercury I & II
16860 Schaefer Highway,
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When the Mercury opened June 11, 1941, it could seat over 2,000 movie-goers. This Streamline-style theater was designed by Ted Rogvoy, who later designed the suburban State-Wayne Theater and Terrace Theater.
The Mercury Theater’s lobby had brass plaques on its walls with autographs of Hollywood stars etched in them. Both the lobby and the auditorium contained modernist murals with astronomical and astrological themes.
The Mercury Theater was the first theater outside downtown Detroit to show 70mm, with "Porgy and Bess" in 1959. It was also one of the first non-downtown houses to screen first-run films.
In 1985, the large auditorium was twinned into a set of 600-seat auditoriums. The theater’s original Streamline Moderne decor was left relatively intact, however. (The old 70mm equipment was removed around this time).
It was renamed the Metro Mercury I & II, and began screening second-run features.
Sadly, the Mercury Theater was demolished in 1997.
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