Studio 8 Theatre - Oak Park MI

Address: 21172 Greenfield
City: Oak Park
State: MI
Zip: 48237
County: Oakland
Open: 1964
Capacity: 500
Owner History:
Theater Type: Shopping Center - Early Multiplex
Number of visits to this page: 3037
General Information:

Source: John Lauter

I worked at the Studio 8 in 1976-77 as projectionist, the theatre had opened as an art house. There was a Studio theatre chain consisting of the Studio in Detroit, the Studio North in Ferndale (now KA the Magic Bag) the Studio 8 in Oak Park and the Studio 4 in Birmingham. The chain had long since disbanded by '76. The Studio 8 had shown porno in '74-75, and would again in '77 but when I started there it was known as the Ritz Studio 8 and was run by a family who owned a scrap metal business.

They really tried to reclaim the theatre's image as a family theatre and ran good movies. I ran Outlaw Josey Wales, My Name is Nobody, Lady sings the Blues and several other films. The Studio 8 was very nice inside, they tried to class it up inside beyond the usual draped auditoriums of the day with a half-timbered look to the auditorium. The booth was a dream to work, great Simplex XL machines and Carbon Arc lamps. We would assemble 6,000 ft. reels there, so you would start the show and not have to make a changeover for one hour.

The Scrap metal folks just closed the doors one day and I was owed $250 in wages (big money back then) and I went after them thru the State of Michigan labor relations board, but that didn't produce any results. The theatre re-opened as a porno house shortly after that closing, in the winter of 1977. Oak Park didn't like the theatre running porno and started inspecting the building for everything they could.

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Studio 8 Theatre - FROM ROBERT MORROW
FROM ROBERT MORROW
Studio 8 Theatre - FROM ROBERT MORROW
FROM ROBERT MORROW
Studio 8 Theatre - APRIL 1973 ARTICLE ON PORN CASE (newer photo)
APRIL 1973 ARTICLE ON PORN CASE (newer photo)
Studio 8 Theatre - JULY 1968 AD (newer photo)
JULY 1968 AD (newer photo)
Studio 8 Theatre - JULY 1969 AD (newer photo)
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Studio 8 Theatre - NOV 1976 AD (newer photo)
NOV 1976 AD (newer photo)
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