The Quo Vadis Theater, formerly located in Westland, Michigan, was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, and constructed in 1966. The theater was originally designed as a 1,200 seat, one-screen theater.
By 1968 there was demand for seats was such that the theater operators created two additional auditoriums, a restaurant, and a bar on the second floor. Two years later the main theater was split, or “twinned,” thereby creating two auditoriums of over 500 seats.
In the mid-1970s one of the 500-seat auditoriums was split, and the second floor restaurant was closed and the space was used to create yet another auditorium.
The Quo Vadis ceased operations in 2002, and demolition of the began in March 2011.
Photographs of the demolition of the theater can be viewed here.
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