Old Orchard 3 - Farmington Hills MI

Address: 28123 Orchard Lake Rd
City: Farmington Hills
State: MI
Zip: 48334
County: Oakland
Open: 1971
Capacity:
Owner History: AMC Theatres
Theater Type: Shopping Center - Early Multiplex
Number of visits to this page: 7537
General Information:

Personal recollection: I went here many times back in the 70's and 80's. Nothing much to it but it was pretty close to where I lived in those days.

Source: Cinema Treasures

Opened in 1971 for Suburban Detroit Theaters as twin, the Old Orchard I & II, each of the auditoriums could seat 650. The theater opened with "Scrooge" and a reissue of "Doctor Zhivago". The Old Orchard was copied a year later in the Parkway I & II, in Mount Clemens (which was closed in the 80s, and later gutted for retail use). During the late 70s, a third auditorium was tacked on to the Old Orchard (renamed the Old Orchard 1,2,3), bringing total seating to over 1600.

During the 80s, the theater was sold to the AMC chain, which operated it until the late 90s as the AMC Old Orchard 3.

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Info Updates:
5/14/2005 - Moviegirl
I worked at the Old Orchard from July 1996 until the end of AMCs reign in January of 1998. The theatre was sold to a company out of Ohio called Great Eastern theatres after that and opened again in March (or so) of 1998, but closed later that summer after making the mistake of booking "Godzilla" (the remake that came out that year) on all 3 screens ... which tanked horribly needless to say! I was close friends with many of the employees, most of which had stayed on from their AMC days and I was there helping to pack up and close down the building. I will always remember shutting the exit door to theatre 1 that last time ... I have tons of pix of the place from the 80s on through the end! I will try and scan them and send them to you!
1/6/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
The Old Orchard has been torn down as of September 2002. It was last used as a church.
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Old Orchard 3 - 2002 PHOTOS
2002 PHOTOS
Old Orchard 3 - 2002 PHOTOS
2002 PHOTOS
Old Orchard 3 - CONCESSION WORKERS
CONCESSION WORKERS
Old Orchard 3 - PLATTER
PLATTER
Old Orchard 3 - PLATTER
PLATTER
Old Orchard 3 - MANAGER SHOWING BULB
MANAGER SHOWING BULB
Old Orchard 3 - MANAGER DEMONSTRATING PROJECTION EQUIP
MANAGER DEMONSTRATING PROJECTION EQUIP
Old Orchard 3 - MANAGER DEMONSTRATING PROJECTION EQUIP
MANAGER DEMONSTRATING PROJECTION EQUIP
Old Orchard 3 - SOUND GEAR AND CHILD
SOUND GEAR AND CHILD
Old Orchard 3 - BOOTH
BOOTH
Old Orchard 3 - EMPLOYEE IN BOOTH
EMPLOYEE IN BOOTH
Old Orchard 3 - BOX OFFICE
BOX OFFICE
Old Orchard 3 - BOX OFFICE
BOX OFFICE
Old Orchard 3 - CONCESSION
CONCESSION
Old Orchard 3 - LOBBY
LOBBY
Old Orchard 3 - CONCESSION
CONCESSION
Old Orchard 3 - MARQUEE
MARQUEE
Old Orchard 3 - MARQUEE
MARQUEE
Old Orchard 3 - TICKET
TICKET
Old Orchard 3 - UPSTAIRS HALLWAY
UPSTAIRS HALLWAY
Old Orchard 3 - FRONT
FRONT
Old Orchard 3 - 1971-12-10 AD
1971-12-10 AD
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