33870 Van Dyke,
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Opened on December 22, 1965 with the James Bond movie, “Thunderball” starring Sean Connery. The Gateway Theatre was part of the Suburban Detroit Theatres chain, and could seat around 1,430 in its auditorium.
Once the Showcase Cinemas opened nearby in 1974 with a then-rare five screens, business steadily fell off at the Gateway Theatre. It closed by the late-1970’s.
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.
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