Transit Guide: Metro Detroit Movie Theaters

David Gifford
6 min readFeb 18, 2018
DIA film theater, Detroit

The following is a comprehensive list of Metro Detroit movie theaters and the closest transit routes to reach them. You’ll notice that many have bus stops nearby and a few do not. Lack of nearby bus transit can make it difficult for people to attend or work at movie theaters if they are unable to drive. Of course there’s Uber or Lyft but not everyone can afford ride hailing services. Some theaters are located in Flex zones. Flex is like Uber but much cheaper because it is operated by SMART and operates in designated zones. Besides, movies are already expensive as it is!

Why take transit to the movie theater?

Riding the bus is a great way to get outside, get some fresh air and to get around safely with friends and family. It is often cheaper than owning a car. You own a car? Buses can serve you too! Many theaters now serve alcohol so you’ll be able to indulge and still be responsible. You’ll also be able to stay connected to social media, friends and family minus the risk of distracted driving or distracted drivers. SE Michigan is served by the SMART bus in the suburbs and DDOT in the city of Detroit. A few SMART buses even run between downtown Detroit and the suburbs! The cost is $2 for a 4-hour pass which you can use on SMART or DDOT.

Download the Transit App, the DART App and SMART Flex and plan your trip today.

Macomb County

Romeo Theater66120 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48095 (Car, Uber, Lyft only)

Emagine Macomb15251 23 Mile Rd, Macomb, MI 48042 (SMART #510–515 Van Dyke) to Walmart, walk or use Uber or Lyft two miles east.

MJR Chesterfield Crossing50675 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield, MI 48051 (SMART #560 Gratiot, #563 Fast Gratiot, Flex) exit at 23 Mile and Gratiot.

MJR Partridge Creek17400 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038 (SMART #550 Garfield weekday only, Flex) exit at Macomb Community College. The walk from there is tricky so use caution.

AMC Forum 3044681 Mound Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48314 (SMART #510 Van Dyke Local, Flex) Exit at Van Dyke and M59, walk or Uber 1.5 miles west.

AMC Star Gratiot 35705 S Gratiot Ave, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48035 (SMART #560 Gratiot, Fast Gratiot) exit at Regional Shopping Center.

MJR Marketplace Digital Cinema 2035400 Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 (SMART #510 Van Dyke, #780–15 Mile).

MJR Universal Grand 1628600 Dequindre Rd, Warren, MI 48092 (SMART #494 Dequindre) exit on Dequindre at old Universal Mall near 12 Mile.

Oakland County

GQT Oxford 748 S Washington St, Oxford, MI 48371 (car, Uber, Lyft only)

United Artists Commerce Twp 14945 E Summit St, Milford, MI 48381 (SMART #405 Northwestern Hwy) from Northland to Henry Ford West Bloomfield and walk or Uber two miles west).

Emagine Rochester Hills 200 Barclay Cir, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (car, Uber, Lyft only)

AMC Star Great Lakes 254300 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 (SMART #753 Pontiac / Baldwin Road, #462 FAST Woodward, Flex) drops off at #1 entrance by Saks Outlet.

MJR Waterford Digital Cinema 167501 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327 (no public transit options)

The Maple4135 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48301 (SMART #780 15 Mile Crosstown) exit on Maple at Woodbank.(#275 Telegraph also runs between Southland Center and Pontiac)

Emagine Palladium209 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009(SMART #445 Maple & Telegraph, #450, 460, FAST Woodward, #780–15 Mile) all exit at Maple and Old Woodward.

Birmingham 8211 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 (SMART #445 Maple & Telegraph, #450, 460, FAST Woodward, #780-15 Mile) all exit at Maple and Old Woodward.

Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16100 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083 (SMART #430 Main St. / Big Beaver, #780-15 Mile, Flex) exit at Maple and Livernois.

AMC John R 1532289 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071 (SMART #760 14 Mile Crosstown, #495 John R, Flex) theater is behind Madison Place shopping center.

AMC Star Southfield 2025333 Twelve Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48034 (SMART #740 12 Mile, #405 Northwestern Hwy) exit on 12 Mile and Dufty.

Main Art Theater — RIP

Emagine Royal Oak 200 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067 (SMART #430 Main Street / Big Beaver, #730 10 Mile Crosstown, #740 12 Mile Crosstown) exit at 11 Mile and Main.

Emagine Novi 44425 West 12 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48377 (SMART #740 12 Mile Crosstown) exit at Haggerty, walk 2.5 miles west.

Farmington Civic 33332 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336 (SMART #330 Grand River / Beech Daly, #805 Grand River P&R, Flex) exit at Grand River and Farmington Roads.

The Riviera 30170 Grand River Ave, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 (SMART #330 Grand River / Beech Daly, #805 Grand River P&R, Flex) #330 exit on 9 Mile and #805 on Grand River.

Wayne County

Bel Air Luxury Cinema10100 East 8 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48234 (DDOT #17 8 Mile, #5 Van Dyke, #13 Conner, SMART #510) exit on 8 Mile.

Alger Theater16451 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48224 (DDOT #8 Warren) exit at E Warren Ave and Outer Drive.

Cinema Detroit 4126 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (DDOT #23 Hamilton, #16 Dexter) exit on 3rd at Seldon or on Cass at Alexandrine.

Chrysler IMAX Dome Theater 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202 (DDOT #8 Warren, #4 Woodward, QLINE) exit on Warren or Woodward.

DIA Theater5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 (DDOT #4 Woodward, #8 Warren, SMART #461/462 FAST Woodward,QLINE) exit at Warren and Woodward.

Fox Theater2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (DDOT #4 Woodward 24-hr, SMART #461/462 FAST Woodward,QLINE) exit bus at Grand Circus Park. Exit QLINE at Montcalm.

Monroe Street Drive-In 815 Bates St., Detroit, MI 48226 (This new drive in concept is located at Campus Martius in the heart of Detroit)

Senate Theater 6424 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210 (DDOT #2 Michigan Ave 24-hr, SMART #200 Michigan Limited, #261 FAST Michigan) exit at Michigan and Livernois.

Redford Theater17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219 (DDOT #3 Grand River, #7 7 Mile — both 24-hr routes).

Ford Drive In 10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126 (A car is pretty much a requirement for this to get the full experience). On foot or bicycle you can take DDOT #2 Michigan, SMART #200 or FAST Michigan to Wyoming Rd.

AMC Classic Fairlane 2118900 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126 (DDOT #2 Michigan Ave, #10 Greenfield, #46 Southfield, #60 Evergreen, SMART #200 Michigan Limited, #250 Ford Road) exit at Fairlane Town Center.

Henry Ford IMAX20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124 (SMART #140, a service between Wyandotte and the Henry Ford).

MJR Westland Grand Cinema 166800 N Wayne Rd, Westland, MI 48185 (SMART #250 Ford Road) exit on Wayne Road.

Emagine Canton39535 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187 (SMART #250 Ford Road, 255 Ford Road Express) then walk a mile to the theater.

Phoenix Theaters State Wayne35310 W Michigan Ave, Wayne, MI 48184 (SMART #200 Michigan Local) exits in front of the theater.

Cinemark Southland23000 Eureka Rd, Taylor, MI 48180 (SMART #125 Fort Street, #160 Downriver, #275 Telegraph to Southland Center).

MJR Southgate Digital Cinema 2015651 Trenton Rd, Southgate, MI 48195 (SMART #160 Downriver, #830 Downriver Park and Ride) exit across from theater.

Allen Park Digital Cinemas6601 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101 (SMART #140 Southshore to Southfield & Allen Rd).

AMC Woodhaven Village 1021720 Allen Rd, Woodhaven, MI 48183 (SMART #160 or #830 then a half mile west, half mile north).