Brief history of the Westborn
Claims to have opened 7/12/72 vs 6/30/72
The Westborn Theatre was built for ABC Theatres and opened July 12, 1972 as a 900 seat, single-screen movie house. In 1973 it was taken over by the Nicholas George chain. The Westborn Theatre was twinned in 1980 to plans by architect Louis Wiltse, with each auditorium seating 425.
In 1986, the theater was sold to the AMC chain, renamed it the AMC Westborn 2 and operated it as a discount house.
It was closed in the late-1990’s, when AMC shuttered many of its smaller and older theaters in the Detroit area.
Today, the former Westborn houses a tire store.
Heyday after it was twinned:
Building still there-
I have asked around for external and inside pics while it was still a single screen, especially inside the lobby and auditorium. Be nice to model a HT based on that early 70's look
Also saw Black Hole and Jaws II there while still a single screen, as well as Superman mentioned earlier. Part of the reason I built a dedicated HT.
Then saw Superman II there, when it was twinned, with high school girlfriend's family- That gf didn't work out, but HT hobby did
Black Hole and the first Star Wars were 2 films I recall my entire family (Mom, Dad and 5 of us kids) seeing together. Saw many other films with brothers, sisters, Dad, Mom on separate occasions, but only those plus the first Jurassic Park in 1993 the week it opened.
Hosted entire family + some many times since my first basement HT ~1999 (3 rows of 5 stadium seating)