Shelby 1 & 2 - Shelby Township MI

Address: 8148 23 Mile Rd
City: Shelby Township
State: MI
Zip: 48316
County: Macomb
Open: 1974
Capacity:
Owner History:
Theater Type: Shopping Center - Early Multiplex
Number of visits to this page: 4018
General Information:

AKA Shelby

This theater was in the Shelby Plaza at 23 Mile and Van Dyke. I visited the shopping center on May 14 2022 and I found what I think is the former theater. It is similar in design to some other shopping center houses of this era. I compared the corner unit of the shopping center to the rendering in the 1974 grand opening ad and it was pretty close. See the comparison photo below. The center has been remodeled so it isn't exact.

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Info Updates:
4/14/2017 - Daniel Wieczorek
I was the manager/projectionist 76-77. It was a great theatre to work at and for R&R theatre company. I had a great crew and it was a terrific job for a single 21 year old male. It was business all evening then drinking and dancing the rest of the night. I hope all that were there at that time are doing well. That was a wonderful experience.
11/25/2012 - Jeffery Michael McDowell
The movie theater was there for quite a long time(until the mid 80's). I remember the Marquee having a double feature fot The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Enter the Ninja, back in 81. I use to sneak in (which was way to easy), to numerous viewings of The Beastmaster', and Tootsie, many a good memory spent there. Use to play video games there too. i was a Dig Dug fanatic.
5/12/2008 - Brad Cook
I managed this theatre when it first opened in the Spring of 1974. It opened with "9 Lives of Fritz the Cat" which was an X rated cartoon and it did not go over with the people of Shelby Township. Because of that opening the people would not patronize the theatre, therefore the Shelby Theatre was short lived. I believe it stayed opened 2 or 3 years at most. It was a nice small twin theatre and I had a great crew working for me, good luck to all of you, where ever you may be, specially Steve Dudock. Hope you are doing well.
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Shelby 1 & 2 - JUNE 23 1974 GRAND OPENING AD (newer photo)
JUNE 23 1974 GRAND OPENING AD (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 BEST GUESS ON THEATER BLDG (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - MAY 14 2022 MAYBE OLD SIGNBOARD (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 MAYBE OLD SIGNBOARD (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - MAY 14 2022 MAYBE OLD SIGNBOARD (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 MAYBE OLD SIGNBOARD (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - 2019 STREET VIEW COMPARED TO RENDERING IN AD (newer photo)
2019 STREET VIEW COMPARED TO RENDERING IN AD (newer photo)
Shelby 1 & 2 - 1976 AD ON PLAZA AND MENTION OF THEATER
1976 AD ON PLAZA AND MENTION OF THEATER
Shelby 1 & 2 - 1976 AD SIR GRAVES GHASTLY APPEARANCE
1976 AD SIR GRAVES GHASTLY APPEARANCE
Shelby 1 & 2 - 1980 AD
1980 AD
Shelby 1 & 2 - APRIL 1975 AD (newer photo)
APRIL 1975 AD (newer photo)
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