Gateway Theatre

33870 Van Dyke,
Sterling Heights, MI

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Opened in 1965 with the James Bond movie, “Thunderball”, the Gateway was part of the Suburban Detroit Theatres chain, and could seat around 1430 in its auditorium.

Once the Showcase Cinemas opened nearby in 1974 with a then-rare five screens, business steadily fell off at the Gateway. It closed by the late 70s.

It was reopened in 1981 as a dance club called the Premiere Center, which has long since closed. Sometime after the club was closed, the entire building (the marquee included) was painted black, for some unknown reason.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2008 at 12:47 pm

This site has a photo of the Gateway.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2010 at 10:37 am

Boxoffice of October 25, 1965, said that the Gateway Theatre, then under construction, had been designed by Ted Rogvoy & Associates, with interiors by Sam Garfinkle. Provision was made in the original design for the later addition of a second auditorium, at right angles to the original auditorium and connected to it by an arcade. This planned second auditorium, which was to seat between 700 and 1000, was apparently never built.

The Gateway Theatre derived its name from a large wrought-iron gate designed by Louis Sullivan which had been salvaged from a Chicago skyscraper and was to be installed in the theater. I can’t find anything else about this on the Internet, but if a Sullivan artifact was installed in the Gateway I wonder what has become of it since?

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