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UPDATED: Community Reacts to Reports of Theatre Closing

Moviegoers lament losing the longtime arts and independent film house in Bloomfield that's been around since 1974.

What is your favorite memory from the ?

Regardless if you were one of the denizens who saw every independent and foreign language film the Maple Art showcased since being built in 1974 or simply an area resident for any length of time, it was hard to ignore the three-screen cinema at Maple and Telegraph.

For those with ties to the Bloomfield Township favorite, which Landmark chief executive officer Ted Mundorff said , Patch readers reacted to the breaking news and shared some memories:

  • Alan Stamm: (via Patch): My wife and I walked there from our first Michigan residence, Whethersfield Apartments nearby on Telegraph, and remained confident – 'til now – that most choice new releases reviewed in the New York Times would wind up at the Maple or the Main sooner or later.
  • @lisabrody: (Twitter): So sad–Maple Art Theater closing at the end of the month. I've seen so many movies there.
  • ExTroyGal: (via Patch): The first movie I remember seeing there was "The Gods Must Be Crazy" back when it was called The Maple 3. Every movie I saw there was excellent. Love that place!
  • Anne Ernst: (via Patch): This is so sad! I was just reminiscing about the theater another former Michigander. Boo.
  • Camille Maniscalco-Dery (via Facebook): are you kidding me!!!! why can't they get the lease back? now what, a stinking bank, how about another fast food joint.......grrrrrrrrr
  • Venus Abrahim: (via Facebook) Every movie I saw there was excellent! I wish they could find a new home in the same area.
  • Susan Warrow: (via Facebook) My first date was there! In the fall of '82.

How do you feel? Email tim.rath@patch.com to share your memories or add them below.

Randy Szabla January 20, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Maple Theater closing - that leaves only the Main Theater in Royal Oak where one can view movies with subtitles which is mandatory for those with certain hearing impairments.

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