American Family Cinemas
29584 Seven Mile Road,
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Opened in 1965 as a twin, with 1000- and 510-seat auditorium, the Livonia Mall Cinema I & II, as its name implies, was built at the Livonia Mall. It purportedly cost $2 million to construct, and advertised “picture window” screens, which were just screens on sunken walls. It also featured a small “art gallery” in its early years.
In the 80s its main auditorium was divided into two 455 seat auditoriums, thus it was renamed the Livonia Mall Cinema I,II,III. It was renamed again in 1991, as the Cinema Livonia Mall, and by this time, its largest screen (510 seats) had Dolby sound installed.
When the mall received a facelift during the 80s, the theater was not included, and by then was notorious for its bad seats, sticky floors and generally dirty appearance. General Cinemas, which was the theater’s original owner, sold the triplex to Cinemark in the early 90s, which turned it into a bargain price house.
MJR Theatres later ran the theater in the 90s. It became independently owned in 2002, renamed the American Family Cinemas and operated as this until its closure at the beginning of 2008.
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