Millenium Theater

15600 J L Hudson Drive,
Southfield, MI 48075

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Community Theatres

Architects: Ted Rogvoy

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (East Indian)

Previous Names: Northland Theater, AMC Northland Theaters

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Newspaper ad for Funny Girl Reserved seats

Opened November 17, 1966, the Northland Theater was designed by architect Ted Rogvoy, and located at the Northland Mall. This modernistic-style movie house with its unusually-shaped curving and upturned roof could seat nearly 1,500.

The first movie screened at the Northland Theater was Hitchcock’s “Torn Curtain”. By the late-1960’s, the theater had become a 70mm roadshow house, including a year-long run of “Funny Girl”. Both the Northland Theater and Americana Theater, also in Southfield, fiercely competed as roadshow houses for many years, and the Northfield Theater would end up usually showing the better films most of the time.

The large original auditorium was twinned in 1976. A decade later, AMC Theatres acquired the Northland Theater, but only three years later, it was shuttered, due in large part to declining audiences and growing violence in and around the theater (a problem shared with the Americana Theater as well in the late-1980’s).

Today, after standing vacant for years, the former Northland Theater operates as a mixed use live and movie venue, featuring East Indian entertainment, called the Millenium Theater.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Judith8Weiss on October 14, 2004 at 8:12 pm

Ted Rogvoy was my great uncle. He was a man “ahead of his time” in many ways. My visits to his home were filled with great memories.

Irene on December 30, 2004 at 1:04 am

Do you have any pictures of the murals from the Mercury Theater in Detroit?

Slugger on August 8, 2005 at 9:26 am

I wish to ask again, if there are any pictures of the Mercury during its heyday. Particularly the murals. on November 9, 2008 at 6:08 am

jreyes2, I’d like to talk to you about your uncle. Please contact me at

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm

November 17th, 1966 grand opening ad in photo section.

MSC77 on December 25, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. The Northland’s 57-week run is mentioned in the piece.

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