Amson Dembs Development to turn shuttered Michigan movie theater into business park

June 10, 2013  |  Staff Writer  |  Print Article  |  Email this Article

This closed movie theater will soon make way for a high-tech business park.

Following an 11-year vacancy, the site of the former Showcase Cinemas in Auburn Hills, Mich., will be demolished beginning June 17. A business park will take its place. Novi, Mich.-based Amson Dembs Development purchased the property at 2150 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills.

National Amusement previously owned the property.

The site was originally home to the Blue Sky Drive-In, which began operation in 1948. National Amusements demolished Blue Sky in 1989 and built Showcase Cinemas Auburn Hills in its place. That theater closed its doors in early 2002.

“This blockbuster project is creating a lot of buzz around town,” said Steve Cohen, director of community development for Auburn Hills, in a written statement. “Our community envisioned a beautifully landscaped high-tech park for the property since the day the theater closed 11 years ago.”

Development of the 21-plus-acre business park is expected to begin in July. The first phase of construction should wrap in 10 to 12 months.

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