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This theater goes back to at least the 1950's, probably before. It was run by Rex Kinne until 1959. Rex had a heart attack so he sold the theater to Harry Jones. Sadly Rex passed away in 1960. I am not sure how long the theater was open after it was taken over by the new owners.
A submitter indicated it was located on main street where a coney island and bowling alley stands as of 2021. I have used the address of the Coney Island as an approximate location. I have searched high and low for photos of the old theater but have had no luck so far. I will keep digging, somebody somewhere must have something on it.
From Jacob Donner, Whitmore Lake Historian:
The Lee theater was built after the second world war by Ed Carrow who named it after his brother who was killed in the war. Carrow sold the business as well as the South Lyon theater to Mr.Kinne around 1951. The Lee became storage for All Star beverages until it burned in 1967. The below picture is the Lee theater fire.
I used to go to the Lee when i was a kid, in the mid 50's. My dad would take the whole family at least once a week during the summer. It was the only air-conditioned place in town. It showed first run movies, many times before they showed in Detroit. They changed features twice a week, Sunday and Wednesday.