Southland Theatres

23000 Eureka Road,
Taylor, MI 48180

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Southland Theatre

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Opened October 8, 1970 by Suburban Detroit Theatres. Two more auditoriums were added in December 1983. It closed in 2000, and a Borders Books & Music is now located in the building.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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RDtoo on February 22, 2008 at 10:55 pm

My father, Howard Denial managed the Southland Theatre from it’s opening in 1970 until he retired in 1977. He had earlier managed the Wyandotte, the Hollywood and the 6 mile Uptown theatres. The Southland was a part of the Suburban Detroit Theatre chain owned by Richard and Eugene Levy. I believe AMC later bought them out. I was a ticket taker and responsible for the marquee changes from 1973 until 1975. I later cleaned the theatre after hours in 1976 to 1977. Once during 1972 my father decided to resurrect the old Spook shows with “live” monsters. I played Frankenstein and was pelted pretty hard by all sorts of candy. My father had a black cape covering him while he flew a bat on a pole over the audience. He was revealed when an usherette accidently leaned against the switch that turned on the lights in the auditorium. Boy, was he mad. That was the last time he attempted a Spook show. Great memories.

RDtoo on February 23, 2008 at 1:12 am

I made a mistake in my earlier post. Eugene and Richard Sloan owned the Suburban Detroit Theatre chain. I got mixed up because Burt Levy was the owner of L & L concessions which provided many of the theatres with candy and popcorn.

Incidentally, I never remember the Southland Theatre being referred to as the Southland Twin.

detroitmoviegoer on July 13, 2008 at 9:26 am

I visited the Southland several times with Billy Levy the son of Burt Levy who owned L & L concessions. But not only did Burt Levy own L & L he was part of Detroit’s Variety Club. Due to his efforts Detroit’s Variety Club made many charitable contributions to local children’s charities. He also made it possible for many underprivileged children to see movies for free with the help of wonderful theater managers like Mr. Denial.

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

October 8th, 1970 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on November 9, 2015 at 1:22 am

December 16th, 1983 grand opening with 4 screens in photo section.

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