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Closing of old movie theatre in Allen Park sparks fond memories from the people who knew it so well

Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 18:33:12-04

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) — "I was in the tenth grade and it was kind of an honor to work here," said Kitty Myrand, 95, as she sat outside the dollar movie theatre at the corner of Allen Road and Philomene Boulevard in Allen Park.

In Kitty's first job, she helped people to their seats as an usherette with her trusty flashlight.

"Sweethearts came. The boys from the service came. You'd see a sailor or soldier with their girlfriend, snuggling up in the seats. It was romantic," said Kitty who would also take in movies at the theatre with her boyfriend, Leonard Myrand.

Leonard would pick Kitty up after work and drive her home. The high school sweethearts would end up marrying and spending 50 years together.

"It was a romantic, innocent time," Kitty said.

Thursday is the theatre's last day of business, a lot of people arrived to just take pictures and remember the days when the pace of their lives seemed so different.

"We were able to enjoy life. So, it takes you back a long time," said Pam who drove over an hour with her husband Mike to see the theatre one last time before it closed.

"It's kind of sad for us," said Mike who reminisced about the times when he and Pam would bring their children to the theatre and watch them enjoy the movies. "A lot of memories here."

Tickets for Thursday evening's shows are $1.50 and the movies include The Secret Life of Pets and 47 Meters Down.