19340 Vernier Road,
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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres
Architects: Ted Rogvoy
Previous Names: Eastland Theatre, Eastland 1 & 2
News About This Theater
- May 21, 2010 — Happy 30th, "Empire"
A Suburban Detroit theater, the 1,200-seat Eastland Theatre opened September 17, 1969 and was originally designed by Ted Rogvoy, the architect who earlier designed such Detroit-area treasures as the now-lost Mercury Theatre in Detroit, the State-Wayne Theatre in Wayne, and the Terrace Theatre in Livonia.
In 1975, it was twinned as the Eastland 1 & 2, with one of the auditoriums screening 70mm features.
In 1985, just as Suburban Detroit was selling the Eastland 1 & 2 to the AMC chain, it opened five more screens at the Eastland Mall, the Eastland 3-7. AMC remodeled both theater buildings in 1987, which included reducing seating to around 450 in each of the twin’s auditoriums. The Eastland 3-7 was renamed the AMC Eastland Mall 5.
Though both the 1 & 2 and Eastland Mall theaters were part of the AMC chain, the two were effectively two separate theaters, causing a bit of confusion as to which movie was playing at which location.
In 2000, both Eastland theaters were among the many smaller, out-dated Detroit-area houses which AMC shuttered during that year.
The Eastland 2 was later demolished for a Lowes.
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Many memories here. Saw “Popeye”, “Poltergeist”, and “Ordinary People” to name a few. It was a quaint theatre with that feeling you were in your living room watching a movie.
September 17th, 1969 grand opening ad in photo section
October 17th, 1975 and December 20th, 1985 grand openings ads in photo section.