Art

The Royal Oak Main Art Theater could be demolished under a new plan

The Main Art Theater in Royal Oak is permanently closing.

Royal Oak’s popular Main Art Theater closed permanently in June 2021. It could now be demolished as part of a newly submitted development plan for the site.

Friends of The Main Art, a newly created non-profit organization, tries to save him.

“As a community, we have an opportunity to preserve this important cultural monument and we cannot let it pass without doing all we can to ensure that these films once again light up the Main Art screen,” said said Jason Krzysiak, president of the new nonprofit.

The building’s developer, AF Jonna Management & Development Co., has submitted plans to demolish the theater to make way for a five-story mixed-use building, Royal Oak City Commissioner Sharlan Douglas confirmed to the Free Press. .

Urban planner Doug Hedges said Crain’s Thursday afternoon the mixed-use proposal calls for a new 71-foot building with 9,200 square feet of commercial space for a restaurant and retailer – plus parking on the first floor. The site plan also includes approximately 31,000 square feet of office space on the second floor; the third through fifth floors would include 54 new residential units, Hedges said.