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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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2014 at 11:10 pm

The April 25, 1941, issue of The Film Daily said that the Mel Theatre was being designed by the Detroit firm of Rogvoy & Wright. Ted Rogvoy and Frank H. Wright had dissolved their partnership but would complete this project the firm already had underway.

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