Romeo Theatre

Address: 66120 Van Dyke Rd
City: Romeo
State: MI
County: Macomb
Owner History:
Number of visits to this page: 4965
Info Updates:
7/2/2007 - Lynn Grant
This is not the original Romeo theatre. When I moved to Romeo in 1967, there was a theatre on the corner of Main Street and I believe Lafayette--a block South of St. Clair Street (32 mile road)--on the East side of the street. It had either closed recently, or closed shortly after I moved there. I remember a poster on the outside for "The Born Losers," with the memorable tag line "Kitten on wheels, with her bike, her boots and her bikini!" IMDB says "The Born Losers" came out in 1967, so the theatre must have been open for at least part of that year. Later, the seats were all removed, and it was used for rock concerts. (We all sat on the sloping floor.) I saw Ted Neugent and the Amboy Dukes, and the MC5 there. If I remember correctly, the projection room was used to project a light show on the wall during the performances. It was rumored that the organizers were connected with the White Panthers (quite possible, considering the MC5 connection). This did not go over well in what, at least then, was a *very* conservative town. (One of my high school English teahers caused a minor scandal be being the first *woman* to ever walk into the Romeo pool hall.) The concerts were shut down after Iggy Pop and the Stooges played there, and Iggy got arrested for indecent exposure. After that, it was used for a car dealership. Standing near where the screen had been, and looking up at all the cars parked on a slope, was pretty scary. I don''t think the dealership lasted very long. After that, I think the theatre was vacant. I moved away in 1972, so I have no idea what happened to it after that.
Romeo Theatre - Photo from early 2000's
Photo from early 2000's
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