April 9 – Friends of Main Art Theater Hosting Save the Main Rally
(Friends of Main Art Theater)
Royal Oak, MI – Friends of The Main Art have been informed by North Main Square LLC, the owners of The Main Art Theater in Royal Oak Michigan (118 N. Main St.), that the company is moving ahead with plans to tear down the beloved theater and will not accommodate an effort from the recently established 501(c)3 non-profit to resume screening art, indie and foreign films at the historic building.
Discussions between the two parties have raised the possibility of including a smaller micro-cinema in the new development but no guarantees have been made at this time.
Formed in June 2021 from thousands of concerned film lovers, Friends of The Main Art have rallied broad support from across the state to save this culturally significant piece of Metro Detroit.
Opened in 1941 and host to First Ladies and movie stars, Royal Oak’s Main Art Theater has been a shining light of independent cinema for over 80 years.
Friends of The Main Art was formed to keep that light shining well into the 21st Century and pledge to continue their preservation efforts despite the landlord’s intent to demolish the cherished venue.
The group calls on members of the community to attend the upcoming Save The Main Rally scheduled for Saturday, April 9th at 2:00pm in front of the theater and voice their support for the preservation of this special space and the continuation of its vital cinematic programing.
Furthermore, members of the public are welcome to attend the April 12th, Royal Oak Planning Commission Meeting at 7:00pm to be held in the Commission Chambers (203 S. Troy St., Room 121).
North Main Square LLC’s proposed demolition and reconfiguration will go before the board and this is a crucial opportunity for the public to weigh in on the proposal.
“We as a community have an opportunity to preserve this important cultural landmark and we can’t let it pass without doing everything we can to ensure that these films light up the screen at the Main Art once again.” said Friends of the Main Art President Jason Krzysiak.