Allen Park Dollar Show To Close For Good Thursday

WWJ News
October 10, 2019 - 9:51 am

(WWJ) The final popcorn will be popped today as one of the last remaining dollar shows in the Detroit area is set to close. 

The five-screen Allen Park Digital Cinemas announced that its last day is Thursday, according to a brief notice posted to the theater's website, thanking customers for their patronage. 

No reason for the closure was given. 

The Allen Park Theater originally opened as a single screen in the 1940s, but was later divided into multi-screen multiplex. It offered recent, if not first-run, film releases shown on digital screens for under $2, plus free refills on pop and popcorn.

The final movies showing are "Spider-Man: Far From Home," "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," "The Art of Racing in the Rain," "The Secret Life of Pets 2" and "Aladdin." 

Once commonplace all around metro Detroit, dollar shows have been disappearing as patrons' habits changed over the years.

It's not yet clear what will become of the property, located at 6601 Allen Rd, near Southfield Rd. People in the area told WWJ's Mike Campbell there's chatter that condos and retail are planned, but there's nothing concrete.

Sam Dowd, who works next door, said she was told that MJR, the owner of the theater, didn't want to spend the money to update and maintain the aging building. 

"When you go in there you kinda know that there really hasn't been a lot of updating going on," Dowd said. "So, you know, the seats are a little uncomfortable, the carpet's a little dingy and it's just kind of outdated and old."

"It make sense for the city, it makes sense for MJR," she added. "It's sad for the people around here, but at some point everybody's gotta grow up, you know? Everything's gotta kind of move forward a little."

Others expressed hope that another company might buy, renovate and reopen the theater.