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Emagine Withdraws Theater Proposal from City of Grosse Pointe

Emagine is taking its movie theater plans to Macomb, not the Pointes. The City of Grosse Pointe council is expected to make a decision during its next meeting in June related to the remaining proposal from Grosse Pointe Theatre.

Emagine Entertainment has withdrawn , Manager Pete Dame announced Monday.

Their withdrawal means the city council will only have one proposal to consider, which is a 40,000 square-foot cultural arts center with a 400-seat theater for live productions and a banquet area by the .

Dame said Emagine Entertainment found another location in Macomb County that will house 12-14 screens rather than the eight proposed in Grosse Pointe.

The company, he said, believes the new location is more ideal for development and will still draw clientele from the Grosse Pointes. The exact location in Macomb County was not clear late Monday.

City officials have been reviewing the proposals and had intended to give city council a report on both in preparation for a public hearing likely in June.

The development is slated for the parking lot between and the block of the Village housing , and other businesses. It would face St. Clair Street.

Chace Wakefield May 22, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Bad News for GP. The surrounding businesses could really have grown with this large influx of people "downtown."
Janet Hughes May 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Great News! We didn't need this low class movie theatre here!
Patty Barber May 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
low class?
Andrea Brennan May 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Janet, I suppose it's people like you that are determined to keep the businesses of downtown GP to a minimum draw.
Rick May 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM
How is an 8 screen digital state of the art movie complex that would cost millions of dollars to build low class? Maybe you are afraid that some "low Class" people with disposable income might spend some of it here. I bet a lot of the local businesses would like some of that "low class" spin off money coming into there businesses. Let alone the vacnt buildings that would become occupied quickly.
GP For Life May 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM
No, it's people like Janet and I that don't want to live in Birmingham or Royal Oak. When my ancestors settled this land and rid it of the savages they had a dream. They dreamed of a Utopia where good taste and the good life would trump the commercial interests that so dominated their daily lives. Being a captain of industry is a taxing day job and they felt they didn't need to be surrounded by it in their home life. The last thing we needed was a movie theater in the Village and the droves of proletariat that it would bring.
Rick May 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM
let them eat cake just eat it on the other side of Mack or 9 mile right gp for life?
GP For Life May 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Well, as I understand the obesity and diabetes epidemics in the country and how they relate to socioeconomic stratas, I would say they shouldn't be eating cake anywhere.
Mark May 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I am not sure the movie theater would be a great move or not although I lean toward the feeling that it would have been a good thing. What I do know is that the Grosse Pointe Theater project is a complete waste of dollars and potential commercial space. Sorry to be a downer but there are not droves of people clamoring to see community theater. I suspect within a year it would have to be closed due to inability to even cover basic maintenance costs by lack of revenue and then we can only hope that the structure can be salvaged for some new project.
Lindsey Erin Scopel Nader May 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
So happy that Emagine will be close by GP, but that it's not located in The Village. It would cause congestion and potential loitering issues.
Bob Frapples May 22, 2012 at 02:18 PM
It's ironic that every time this GP Patch site shows a vacant building and asks its readers what they would like to see housed there the two top answers (regardless of the size of the structure) are always the same: movie theatre or Apple store, yet when a movie theatre actually tries to move in no one wants the traffic or "outsiders". A community theatre is a joke, however. I think people say they want something like that to make themselves seem more "cultured" but at the end of the day most would rather be home watching another Larry The Cable Guy special on CMT
Rick May 22, 2012 at 02:57 PM
do your research the "cake" referred to in the famous quote was referring to the cake created under cooking ovens, not the sweet treat.
Mark May 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Couldn't agree more. Community theater is absurd. And Bob even if people really do enjoy watching live theater it certainly isn't going to be the low caliber of community theater. You will pretty much draw family and friends which isn't supporting a structure of that size.
Patty Barber May 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Really????? This is why I don't say "I'm from Grosse Pointe", even tho' I've lived here my whole life.
Rick May 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
this is so spot on you ought to consider a blog. I am so tired of the htpocrisy that keeps this community 25 years behind. I get culture and the quaintness to the slowness where we live but we are all spending our disposable income everywhere but here. I bet 90 percent of the disdain for this project is the worry of non pointers spending money here. As far as loitering extra police assistance could have been worked into the cost obligation of the developers. You want cool restaurants you need a draw and community theatre wont do it folks!
Chad Bateman May 22, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Reasons like this is why I moved to Birmingham after graduating college to raise my family. Grosse Pointe is a lovely place and I pride myself in being born and raised there. However, I have come to the conclusion that most GPers just don't like people who aren't from GP and are some of the most boring people on the planet. You can be from Bloomfield, Rochester, or Birmingham, and have more money than Donald Trump, but you are considered "trashy new money." Money is money people. In addition, a GPers ultimate night of fun consists of going up to Marge's to talk about the North/South Game from when they were in high school in 1987. Honestly, it is quite sad visiting some of my classmates who still live here because they are all stuck in high school. Grosse Pointers need to get with the times and realize that it is not the 1950s anymore. Ultimately the housing market will suffer and more and more people will move out if you don't start to spice up the businesses "downtown."
Wendy May 22, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Chad, your description is really off the mark. I'm from GP, chose to move back to GP, and yet my life is nothing like you describe. We spend our weekends in Detroit--hardly the bubble you seem to think we live in. I'm thrilled to enjoy a movie at the DFT, dinner at Roast, or a beautiful afternoon at the Tashmoo Biergarten. We can get to Belle Isle or Eastern Market in 15 minutes. Isolating yourself in the suburbs of Oakland County is equally as close-minded as your innaccurate description of my experience in GP.
Bill IV May 22, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Chad: I don't know too many people who sit around talking about high school. I'm still friends with all of my high school buddies most of whom i've known since elementary school. I think rather than call us "boring" and "still living in the past" i would rather refer to them as really good friends. BTW: Not all people in Grosse Pointe are rich like Donal Trump.
Bill IV May 22, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I wasn't really gungho for a movie theatre and definately not for a community theatre production. Movie theatres had their chance, they're all gone and have been for years. Not filling up a parking lot isn't the end all for Grosse Pointe. I don't live here because of the Village. If the rent was a little cheaper maybe they would fill it up with more small businesses. I heard through the grapevine that Burger Pointe was paying $5000 a month in rent. That's a lot of burgers to sell before you even break even from rent. A stronger selling point for our community is we're right there with access to the freeways, just a few minutes from Downtown Detroit and we have some of the best schools in the State. I have two friends that moved from Ferndale to Grosse Pointe City two weeks ago. They moved because of the schools, not the Village.
Bob Frapples May 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
"movie theatres had their chance, they're all gone and have been for years" is absurd. first, times, residents and demographics change. because something failed in a location 20 years ago is no reason to not revisit it. with that thinking there should have never been another clothing store allowed to open after Jacobsons closed or now that Burger Pointe is gone we shouldn't allow the new crepe restaurant to move in. i'm all for "quality of life" issues but if you're going to alienate the "outsiders" then there might as well be a gate under the Welcome To Grosse Pointe sign where we have to show identification.
Bill IV May 22, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Bob, when did i say "outsiders" and make this a race issue? Do you need to read my comment again? I said i wasn't gungho about it, which means i wasn't very excited about it. My life would have gone on whether it was built or not. Don't put words in my comment that were never said. Movie theatres in general are a dieing breed. Some still like going, i personally don't, but that's my opinion which i gave because this is the comment section, Bob. They didn't close Jacobson's and put in another Jacobson's did they? A movie theatre is a movie theatre and they all charge a lot for bad popcorn and they all show the same movies. I said the rent was overpriced in the Village. I also said I personally don't live here for the Village. I like Grosse Pointe because there's no other community like it. It's a unique community with our own parks right on the water with boat access, swimming pools, a beach in the Farms, great schools, no congested streets and traffic, and a relatively safe environment with excellent city services. We're also just a few minutes from Downtown for when you want to catch a Lions, Tigers or Red Wings Game or maybe just go downtown for dinner and cocktails. If i want congested streets and expensive parking, i will move to Royal Oak right off of mainstreet. There's plenty of things to do in Grosse Pointe and this is not the end all for the Village. It's managed to go on this long without a movie theatre and i'm sure they will think of something.
Mark May 22, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I can't agree with you on the popcorn. Movie theater popcorn rocks.
Bill IV May 22, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Mark: where are you going for movies because i need to check it out. I haven't seen a movie theatre actually pop the popcorn since i was a little kid. It's all brought in in bags from an undisclosed location. I do love their butter, though.
Bob Frapples May 22, 2012 at 08:27 PM
settle down, whitey..."outsiders" was intended to mean exactly what it says: people from outside of Grosse Pointe. last time i checked not everyone from outside of Grosse Pointe was of a different race but merely someone that does not live inside the borders of any of the Pointes. you're reading something into my comment that was NEVER meant to be. "when did i say "outsiders" and make this a race issue?"...sheesh, someone's always looking to turn stuff into a racial debate even when it clearly isn't. (and that "whitey" remark IS A JOKE, take your hands away from the keyboard)
Bill IV May 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Sure Bob
Joseph May 24, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Where do you watch movies? I worked for Star years ago and EVERY one of them popped fresh daily IN the middle of the lobby. Emagine does too - every one I have been to has poppers making fresh popcorn behind the concession counter. I do not frequent AMC (non-Star AMCs) or MJR so one of those must be where you are going.
Chad Bateman May 24, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Bill and Wendy, I do all of those same things as well. I love to venture out of my Oakland County Bubble and head downtown, to Belle, etc. The point I was making/asking is what do you do at night in Grosse Pointe? I am talking downtown GP. You have two options: Vil Grille or City Kitchen. Wow, how enticing! Grosse Pointe has absolutely zero nightlife or anything fun/exciting open past 8 pm because the residents are so adamant about leaving it the way it is. GP doesn't need any rockin' dance/nightclubs, but a classy place like Dick O'Dow's in Birmingham, or a Bar Louie would be nice to go to on a night where you just want to catch the game. It is so nice living in a city like Birmingham where you can walk around on a nice spring evening and most places are popping past 8. Not too long ago there was an alleged proposal to turn Jacobson's into a six story building with a J Crew, California Pizza Kitchen, a gym, and condos. That would have made a killing in GP and would have brought in a ton of money. But the city council and its residents were too worried about how it will attract "non residents." Our kids are getting older by the minute and pretty soon they will be forced to decide whether or not they will stay and raise their kids in GP. And let me tell you, it is not looking too promising.
Mark May 24, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Well Chad to your response to Bill and Wendy I would say no that wasn't the whole point you were trying to make. You were making ridiculous assumptions that everyone who lives in GP is stuck in the past and essentially has no life on top of being elitist snobs. Which I'm sorry is absolutely unfair and sounds like you went to school with losers is your problem. As far as nightlife nobody can argue your point. There is not much to offer aside from The Hill or the Park bars that are not very nice. However, I will take Lake St Clair and the proximity downtown every day of the week and twice on Sunday over the "amazing" nightlife in the Birmingham/Royal Oak area. Also, it makes a difference where you are in your life. I'm married and have a kid on the way so the hopping nightlife isn't as important as it used to be.

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