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Birmingham, MI: Birmingham 8 Changing Owners, Name

Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 and updated on Monday, July 6, 2015 6:49 PM

The Birmingham 8 in Birmingham, Michigan is changing owners on July 1, 2015. The news was the subject of a recent article published by Downtown Publications:

The iconic Birmingham 8 Theatre on S. Old Woodward in Birmingham will be under new ownership come July 1, as the Ilitch family's Uptown Entertainment passes its operations on to Bill Herting, president and owner of Centurion Films in the San Francisco area and principal in Birmingham Theatre, LLC.

"Yes, we'll be operating it July 1," Herting said by phone. "I've been in the business for 35 years. I was actually involved with the Ilitch family in converting the Birmingham Theatre into a movie theater when it opened in '96, helping determine if it was viable for a multi-plex. When it was, I became involved."

Herting said the transition of ownership will be a seamless one, with the theater remaining open during the changeover.

"When it first opened, it was state-of-the-art. It won all of the architectural awards," he said. "Now, it's aged and not kept up. We're going to add new luxury seating, assigned seating, and food and beverages for adults, which is the way theaters have been going industry-wide. We'll definitely be going that way. We want to bring it back up to speed. We're going to restore it to its former place."

He said they will remain open while replacing seats in individual movie theaters, updating sound systems, and other improvements.

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

The theater's new name will be the Birmingham Theatre.

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