Americana West

6750 Orchard Lake Road,
West Bloomfield, MI 48332

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres

Architects: Louis Wiltse

Functions: Gymnasium

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Americana West

Opened October 24, 1980 for the Nicholas George chain of theaters, the Americana West was named after George’s original Americana Theatre in Southfield which opened in the late-1960’s. Built as a quad, the Americana West featured two 550-seat auditoriums, and two with 325 seats. Designed by noted theater architect Louis Wiltse, the Americana West was probably one of the last Michigan movie houses featuring curtains in front of its original four screens. Wiltse’s design of the Americana West closely resembeled that of his 1974 Denniston I & II Cinemas in Monroe, Michigan.

In 1986, the Americana West was sold to the AMC chain, and four years later, the two larger auditoriums were each themselves twinned, making the theater a six-plex.

The Americana West 6 closed in 2001, and has since been converted into a fitness center.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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scottmichaels on January 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I was there for opening night. I had to dress like a mummy to promote the film The Awakening, one of the Americana West’s first films. I still have my opening night key chain and cocktail napkin.

rivest266 on November 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm

October 24th, 1980 grand opening ad in photo section.

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