From Cinema Treasures
When the Mercury Theatre opened June 11, 1941 with Barbara Stanwyck in “The Lady Eve” & Wallace Beery in “The Bad Man”. This Streamline Moderne-style theatre was designed by Ted Rogvoy, who later designed the suburban State-Wayne Theatre and Terrace Theatre.
The Mercury Theatre’s lobby had brass plaques on its walls with autographs of Hollywood stars etched in them. Both the lobby and the auditorium contained modernist murals with astronomical and astrological themes.
The Mercury Theater was the first theatre outside downtown Detroit to show 70mm, with "Porgy and Bess" in 1959. It was also one of the first non-downtown houses to screen first-run films.
In 1985, the large auditorium was twinned into a set of 600-seat auditoriums. The theatre’s original Streamline Moderne décor was left relatively intact, however. (The old 70mm equipment was removed around this time).
It was renamed the Metro Mercury I & II, and began screening second-run features.
Sadly, the Mercury Theatre was demolished in 1997.