With apartment program for Major Theatre website, Royal Oak buries past

Tuesday night time I attended a planning commission meeting to make a decision the fate of the Key Artwork Theater, the Deco-fronted Royal Oak motion picture property that has sat near the corner of 11 Mile Highway and Primary Road given that 1941. The meeting was not about no matter if to demolish the theater — current proprietor A.F. Jonna Administration & Development Co. has each and every appropriate to do that — but to come to a decision whether or not strategies to switch the theater with a new five story mixed-use apartment task. 

Right after just about 2 hrs of community remark, with a huge greater part of individuals in attendance (including me) asking for denial of the proposal, the fee voted 4-2 to approve it. The outcome should not have stunned me, but it nonetheless did.

It’s possible it was due to the fact I was even now riding substantial from the weekend rally in entrance of the aged theater, led by the nonprofit Close friends of the Key Artwork Theatre, at which virtually 200 folks showed up in assist of the a few-display screen theater, which screened the creme de la creme of worldwide artwork films for decades.