Studio 4 Theatre

394 S. Old Woodward Avenue,
Birmingham, MI 48009

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The Studio 4

Located in downtown Birmingham, the Studio 4 Theatre opened December 16, 1970. There was a big numeral “4” on the side of the building and I think they also showed some of the controversial movies of that era.

Once the place closed, it became a car dealership. By 2019 it was in use as a furniture store. It was demolished on April 26, 2022.

Contributed by Charles Novak

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johnlauter on April 2, 2006 at 6:09 pm

I worked as projectionist at the Studio 4 from 1975-77. It was a small art house that showed mainly foreign films. It’s business went to the newly constructed Maple theatres nearby. The owner/operators also ran the studio north theatre in Ferndale, an adult theatre. The coup-de-grace to the Four was their attempt to change the bill of fare at the Four to porn, something the city of Birmingham would not tolerate (Birmingham is a very upscale community).

JohnMLauter on February 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm

That would be about right. It was a small single screen theatre.

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm

December 16th, 1970 grand opening ad in photo section.

MindOfAToy on December 16, 2019 at 11:10 am

This neat little building has a large “4” on it’s side, indicating the past occupation of the Studio 4 arthouse. Inside the building, you can still see the theater’s beautifully curved auditorium as it now contains Roche Bobois, a high-end furniture store that caters to the wealthy residents of this Detroit suburb.

Ctpub on April 26, 2022 at 3:51 pm

Studio 4 ceased to exist as of this afternoon 4-26-22. The fa├žade was there when I went in for a hair cut and gone when I cam out

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