Berkley Theatre

2990 W. 12 Mile Road,
Berkley, MI

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Berkley Theatre exterior

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Opened in 1940, the Art Moderne Berkley could seat 851 and screened first run features. Its sleek and curving facade featured a tall vertical marquee with the theater’s name on each side.

By the late 70s, the Berkley had switched over to second-run fare. In the early 90s, the theater was showing a mixture of first and second-run films.

Unfortunately, this beautiful neighborhood movie house has since closed.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2006 at 5:53 am

An address search shows a Rite Aid drug store at this address:

Rite Aid
2990 W 12 MILE RD

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 2, 2007 at 7:33 am

This is a 2007 photo of the Berkley Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 4, 2007 at 11:54 am

Another photo of the Berkley Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 19, 2007 at 6:54 pm

Here is a more recent photo of the Berkley Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2008 at 7:37 am

This is a 2008 view of the Berkley Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 19, 2009 at 9:49 am

Chuck….According to the text included with the photo that I linked to, “The drugstore is entered at the screen end of the gutted auditorium at the other end of the block, and they preserved the old facade as a fancy "current events” billboard. Some old theater seats and other artifacts are on display in the drugstore’s entry."

mike0618 on May 12, 2009 at 7:13 am

this is the theatre I started my usher life at. richard komer sold it to rite aid. Komer owned the theatre and the shops that were in front of the theatre. He used to rent them out. there was a resale shop and a baseball card place there at one time. Rite aid opened up out the back of the 851 seat theatre. the box office, concession area and the doors to the theatre were preserved and can been seen along with 2 seats from the theatre when you walk by the front.

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