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: 3304
Disclaimer:

Please note that location entries may feature older photos or post card views that may not represent the current appearance or features of the attraction. This site is intended to be a historical as well as current record of various attractions but it is not always possible to have up-to-date information due to the vast number of locations featured here. We ask you consult the propietor for current information.

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.

Click the following links for locations of interest nearby:
Info Updates:
No Updates Found
 Photos:7
Studio 8 Theatre - FROM ROBERT MORROW
FROM ROBERT MORROW
Studio 8 Theatre - FROM ROBERT MORROW
FROM ROBERT MORROW
Studio 8 Theatre - 1973 AERIAL VS 2018 AERIAL SHOWING SITE OF BLDG
1973 AERIAL VS 2018 AERIAL SHOWING SITE OF BLDG
Studio 8 Theatre - APRIL 1973 ARTICLE ON PORN CASE
APRIL 1973 ARTICLE ON PORN CASE
Studio 8 Theatre - JULY 1968 AD
JULY 1968 AD
Studio 8 Theatre - JULY 1969 AD
JULY 1969 AD
Studio 8 Theatre - NOV 1976 AD
NOV 1976 AD
WaterWinterWonderland.com © 2022 Over 59,941,326 Served