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If you’ve even been to Cinema Detroit, the legendary theater had just two screens that showed several films every day, seven days a week. During the last decade, the independent movie theater showed thousands independent films. One fan of the theater expressed their disappointment saying, “It’s probably an end of an era, the fact that you lose the more independent, more smalltime [theater], and you’re now catering to the Marvels, you lose out on the more poignant and specialty films.” Locals are disappointed that the theater and its nostalgic atmosphere are disappearing.

There is a decline in smaller independent theaters everywhere you look. During the pandemic, the iconic Main Art Theater in Royal Oak was demolished, and the Hamtramck Film Lab has closed as well. Inflation, rising rents, COVID, and dwindling audiences have contributed to the demise of small theaters, making it harder for new talent to break into the film industry. In addition to small theaters closing, Hollywood writers are also on strike slowing the development process on some your favorite television series/movies, so now would be a prefect time to showcase your talents in the Metro Detroit Area.

As Cinema Detroit looks for a next location, you can check out the Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Senate Theater on Michigan Avenue in Detroit, and the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township.

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