Hampton 4 Theatres

Address: 2155 S Rochester Rd
City: Rochester Hills
State: MI
County: Oakland
Owner History: Nicholas George
Number of visits to this page: 7585
Info Updates:
4/14/2017 - Dan Wieczorek
I was the projectionist when Vicant ( Bob Vickery and Gabe Anton ) acquired the 3 screen theatre around 74 or 75. We used 1 reel to reel xenon bulb system in the main theatre and 2 platter systems with xenon bulbs in the smaller 2 rooms. I remember the private screening room well. My girlfriend and I used to make out in there when she would visit me at work. It was a great experience ( being the projectionist ) one I'll never forget.
12/24/2015 - Greg Hunt
Don I have two chairs from the private screening room at the Hampton. When I got them they were orange crushed velvet and I of course had them recovered. Also I was the GM at the Sterling Center 10 and was also in charge of the Hampton near the end and was actually the GM that closed it.
10/26/2014 - beth
Sooo. Is this the one that was haunted? I heard people used to blame strange events there on Johnny and that supposedly he was construction worker. Anyone know more details? I'm fascinated.
11/5/2013 - JB
The AMC Hampton 4 was torn down - a night club was constructed in its place but did not last long before becoming a Bed, Bath & Beyond (which itself has recently vacated the property).
4/23/2013 - Jim Thompson
The 'ghost' story seemed curious to me, but I heard of it later. The building was reconstructed and used as a Bed, Bath, and Beyond store, and its manager, who was quite credible, told me that the 'hauntings' continued and were very consistent and real. Shortly before the Hampton closed as a theater, it had a period of showing films such as The Wizard Of Oz and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The theater had been a dual or triple screen theater in earlier years.
11/25/2012 - Jeffery Michael McDowell
Saw many a movie here back in the 80's from Ghostbusters and Gremlins, to Day of the Dead(the only theater in a 25 mile radius showing an UNRATED film back in those days). Many a fond memory spent there. I would try and go here, before going to the theater in The Winchester Mall, right up the road.
10/21/2011 - Don Topolsky
I was the theater's first manager in 1971. It was an awesome show place with the private viewing room where you could order drinks/food and host private parties. I think the place was haunted then, so it must have been due to a worker dying during construction.
12/19/2006 - Jan
The Hampton 4 Theaters weren't really demolished, they just morphed into the Bed, Bath, and Beyond store, on east side of Rochester Road, south of Hamlin. (The Marshall's store, etc. is located on the site of the former Winchester Mall - Winchester Theaters.) In the late 80's and early 90's the AMC shows had pretty good crowds - of course the moves were discounted at $1.00! They were a popular hangout for the high school age crowd. When the theaters closed the Avondale High School Theatre Company obtained some of the seats to use in their MIFA production of "Audience." One of those seats wandered home with my son...and it's still here in the garage.
1/5/2006 - Christopher Suzor
The theatre is now actually the Marshalls, it was still there until i believe 2004 Marshalls expanded but was boarded up. Never went there. It was a Star Theatre I remember in high school from 2000-2004 goin to the local fight spot after school there until the parking lot was blocked off.
3/17/2005 - Asylum 23
I worked here for 2 and a half years. The ghost was supposed to be when they built the 4th theater on the end, a worker died of a heart attach from heat. I think it was haunted, there were unexplained events. There was also a viewing room over theater 3. Supposed to have been built for Elvis. When people would be cleaning that theater theyd look up and see someone standing in there, when no one was in it. I spent the night in the viewing room a few times and had nothing strange happen though.
4/21/2004 - Diane Frkan
That was the place to go on a Friday or Saturday night when I was in high school. I went to the theatre from 1986 to 1997, and I was sad to hear it was closing in 1999 and missed a chance to see the last movie because I moved into Rochester. I lived in the townhomes near the Hampton. I practically walked to the theatre. In the summers, the staff would run "old movies or classic movies" like Jaws and the Blue Brothers. The staff even dressed up in bandages with signs "look out for sharks" LOL, my friends and I snuck in beer to watch the Blues Brothers. I collect movie tickers for some odd reason, the majority are from this theatre. Thanks for a trip back in time - Hanging out at the Hampton during my last years of high school was awesome. I think they lost business because of Star Rochester down the street - but its not the same. Now the theatre location is a Bed Bath & Beyond or a Linen & Things - I forgot....anyway, its in the Hampton Plaza......
1/13/2004 - Cinema Treasures
Built for Nicholas George about 1971, the Hampton 3 opened adjacent to the Hampton Plaza Shopping Center. In 1979, noted theater architect Louis Wiltse was hired to add another auditorium, bring the Hampton's total seating to over 900. In 1986, the theater was sold to the AMC chain, which operated it as the AMC Hampton 4 until they shuttered it in 1999. It is rumored that the quad was haunted by the ghost of a construction worker killed either during the theater's original construction, or during the addition of the fourth screen.
Hampton 4 Theatres - GRAND OPENING JAN 11 1974
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