Mel Theatre

Allen Road & Oakwood Boulevard,
Melvindale, MI 48122

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Built for the United Detroit Theaters chain in 1942, the Mel Theatre cost over $250,000 to erect and was designed in Streamline Moderne style.

The Mel Theatre contained a small stage which was often used for graduation ceremonies for Melvindale High School students and other community events through the 1960’s.

In the 1970’s, much to the dismay and anger of Melvindale residents, the Mel Theatre switched over to adult films, eventually being forced to close by the city in 1988.

A month later, the Mel Theatre was demolished, and a shopping center now stands on the site.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft
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