Commission approves plan to demolish Royal Oak’s Main Art Theatre
It’s hard to imagine downtown Royal Oak without the Main Art Theatre, but that could soon be the reality if the building’s owner gets what it wants. The plan Tuesday (April 12) night is to tear down the iconic theater and replace it with a five-story mixed-use development, which went before the city’s planning commission.
Royal Oak community comes together to save historic Main Art Theatre
The Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak has eight decades worth of history. Of those 80 years, the theatre has been in the heart of Jason Kryzsiak for 30. It even factored into his and his wife’s decision years ago when they decided to move.
Michigan movie theaters are reopening this week, but... why?
Emagine Theater, via Google Maps/Street ViewEmagine Theater in Royal Oak. Due to new orders from the state of Michigan, movie theaters — as well as bowling alleys, casinos, stadiums, and high schools — are permitted to reopen... despite the fact that while coronavirus cases are going down, they still remain far higher than what they were in the previous peak in the spring.Movie theaters have been closed since Nov. 18. AMC Theatres quickly reopened Monday, Dec. 21, while Emagine Theatres and MJR Digital Cinemas are set to reopen on Wednesday, and Royal Oak's Main Art Theatre is set to reopen Friday.Capacity limits are set at 100, and masks are required. The theaters will implement through cleaning procedures, as well as social distancing requirements.But they don't expect to make any money. "It's really important we get open because the week between Christmas and New Year's is typically one of the busiest times of the year.metrotimes.com