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Terrace Cinema 4


Address: 30400 Plymouth Rd
City: Livonia State: MI Zip: 48150 Phone:  
County: Wayne
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Open: 1962 Closed: 1999 Capacity: 1200    
Owner: Suburban Detroit Theaters
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 4133
 
 

1/15/2004 - Cinema Treasures
The Terrace was the first new movie house in the Detroit area opened since the late 40s, not counting the Campus in Ann Arbor (1956). It opened in late 1962 with The Music Man which was released in Super Technirama 70 (70mm with stereophonic sound). The Terrace sat around 1200 and was designed by Ted Rogvoy, who also was responsible for area theaters like the Mercury in Detroit and the Penn in Plymouth. It was designed in 'Chinese Garden' style, with minimal interior decor, though its canopy marquee was one of the largest ever built in the state, at 52 feet long. Also, its screen was enormous, as well, measuring 59' by 27'.

The Terrace originally was operated jointly by the Wisper and Wetsman and Suburban Detroit Theatres chains. In the early 70s, the auditorium was twinned, and it became the Terrace 1-2. In the 80s, it was turned into a quad, when taken over by the Cinemark chain, and renamed the Cinemark Terrace 4. The Terrace closed, and was later converted into an auto showroom for a local dealer.

Cinema Treasures Link.
4/7/2003 - Cinema Tour
Livonias first movie theater opened on September 20, 1962, with The Music Man. It was initially jointly operated by Suburban Detroit Theaters, Adolph & Irving Goldberg, and Lew Wisper & William Wetsman. It was twinned during the 1970s, and the 70mm equipment was removed at that time. The theater was later operated as a four-screen house by Cinemark Theatres. The theater parking lot is being used by a new car dealership.

The building has been gutted and appears to be under some sort of conversion, probably into an auto shop for the dealer.
Terrace Cinema 4 - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Terrace Cinema 4 - OLD PHOTO FROM WAYNE STATE LIBRARY
OLD PHOTO FROM WAYNE STATE LIBRARY
Terrace Cinema 4 - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Terrace Cinema 4 - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
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