American Family Cinemas

29584 7 Mile Road,
Livonia Mall,
Livonia, MI 48150

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp., MJR Theatres

Architects: Louis G. Redstone

Previous Names: Livonia Mall Cinema I & II, Livonia Mall Cinema I,II,III, Cinema Livon

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Opened October 13, 1965 as a twin, with 1,000- and 510-seat auditoriums, 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 1980’s 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 1980’s, 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-1990’s, which turned it into a bargain price house.

MJR Theatres later ran the theater in the 1990’s. It became independently owned in 2002, renamed the American Family Cinemas and operated as this until its closure at the beginning of 2008.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

sdoerr on May 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Closed this year as far as I know, last known it was open in December. Either way it’s closed today.

sdoerr on May 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Louis G Redstone, architect

moax429 on October 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Status should be changed to demolished. Livonia Mall has since become an “open air” mall, without any cinemas.

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm

October 13th, 1965 grand opening ad in photo section.

CMHurley on March 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

I remember seeing the Disney film “The Black Hole” here as a kid, and a couple of other movies, but cannot remember which one’s. But “The Black Hole” stands out. Nothing much else to remember the theater by.

jlong99 on March 24, 2019 at 5:04 pm

I saw so many Disney films here in the late 60’s and 70’s

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