Old Orchard 3

28123 Orchard Lake Road,
Farmington Hills, MI

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Opened in 1971 for Suburban Detroit Theaters as twin, the Old Orchard I & II, each of the auditoriums could seat 650. The theater opened with “Scrooge” and a reissue of “Doctor Zhivago”.

The Old Orchard was copied a year later in the Parkway I & II, in Mount Clemens (which was closed in the 80s, and later gutted for retail use).

During the late 70s, a third auditorium was tacked on to the Old Orchard (renamed the Old Orchard 1,2,3), bringing total seating to over 1600.

During the 80s, the theater was sold to the AMC chain, which operated it until the late 90s as the AMC Old Orchard 3. After closing as a movie theater, it briefly housed a church before being acquired by the Holocaust Memorial Center in 2001, which was looking for a larger location than its home in West Bloomfield. The former theater was almost entirely demolished and rebuilt, and is scheduled to open by the end of August 2003.

The Holocaust Center will not only include museum space, but classrooms, a library and offices.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft
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