19269 Mack Avenue,
Grosse Pointe Woods,
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For a neighborhood house, in the suburb of Grosse Pointe Woods, the Woods Theatre was originally quite large, and seated 2,478, all on a single floor.
It was built for the United Detroit Theaters chain, opening February 18, 1948, their first in seven years, since the Royal Theatre, which was designed by the same architect as the Woods Theatre, Charles N. Agree.
This late-Art Moderne style movie theater opened with the film “Crossfire” and contained unusual features such as “Telesonic” seats for the hearing-impaired, and a good-sized exhibition gallery, which was leased to area schools and business owners.
In 1969, the year the Woods Theatre began to be jointly operated by Plitt Theatres and Nicholas George, it briefly closed as it underwent a nearly-million dollar reconstruction, converting the rear of the auditorium into a second screen. It was reopened in late-1970 as the Woods I & II, with 1,200 seats in the main auditorium and 750 in the new second auditorium.
Theater architect Louis Wiltse was hired in 1981 to transform the rear auditorium into a twin, seating 335 and 320 each. Two years later, Wiltse triplexed the main auditorium, seating 590, 312 and 305.
In the mid-1980’s, the former exhibition hall was even converted into another auditorium, one of the tiniest in the Detroit area, seating a mere 62.
In 1986, AMC took over the Woods, afterwards the AMC Woods 6. In 1997, the theater was shuttered, and remains so today.
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