Downtown Royal Oak has the first-run theater potential

Royal Oak already has the Main Art Theater, which is a gem of a place.
Yet movie goers in the area still need to drive to Birmingham or the
Star John R to see first-run flicks. Well, it’s possible that this trek
might not need to be made in the future, as Emagine Theaters is setting
its sights on the RO.


To go forward in Royal Oak, Glantz needs the approval of the City
Commission to transfer a liquor license from Berkley. If accepted, he
will apply for an amendment to the planned unit development for the
vacant site where plans for a second high-rise condominium or Plum
Market were scrapped, according to Tim Thwing, Royal Oak’s director of

A four-deck parking garage behind the condominium tower and on-site parking could serve theater patrons, Glantz said.

“It turns out to be an ideal site for us,” he said.

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