The following is a comprehensive list of SE Michigan 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. 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!
Romeo Theater — 66120 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48095 (Car, Uber, Lyft only)
GQT Oxford 7–48 S Washington St, Oxford, MI 48371 (car, Uber, Lyft only)
Emagine Rochester Hills — 200 Barclay Cir, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (car, Uber, Lyft only)
MJR Waterford Digital Cinema 16– 7501 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327 (no public transit options)
Emagine Palladium — 209 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009 (SMART #445 Maple & Telegraph, #450 Woodward Local / Pontiac, #460 Woodward Local / Somerset, #780 15 Mile Crosstown) all exit at Maple and Old Woodward.
Birmingham 8–211 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 (SMART #445 Maple & Telegraph, #450 Woodward Local / Pontiac, #460 Woodward Local / Somerset, #780 15 Mile Crosstown) all exit at Maple and Old Woodward.
Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16–100 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083 (SMART #430 Main St. / Big Beaver, #780 15 Mile Crosstown) exit at Maple and Livernois.
AMC John R 15– 32289 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071 (SMART #760 14 Mile Crosstown, #495 John R) theater is behind Madison Place shopping center.
AMC Star Southfield 20– 25333 Twelve Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48034 (SMART #740 12 Mile, #405 Northwestern Hwy) exit on 12 Mile and Dufty.
Main Art Theater — 118 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 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) 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) #330 exit on 9 Mile and #805 on Grand River.
Bel Air Luxury Cinema — 10100 East 8 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48234 (DDOT #17 8 Mile, #5 Van Dyke, #13 Conner, SMART #510) exit on 8 Mile.
Alger Theater — 16451 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 Theater — 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 (DDOT #4 Woodward, #8 Warren, SMART #461/462 FAST Woodward,QLINE) exit at Warren and Woodward.
Fox Theater — 2211 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 Theater — 17360 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 21– 18900 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 IMAX — 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124 (SMART #140, a service between Wyandotte and the Henry Ford).
MJR Westland Grand Cinema 16–6800 N Wayne Rd, Westland, MI 48185 (SMART #250 Ford Road) exit on Wayne Road.
Emagine Canton — 39535 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187 (SMART #250 Ford Road, 255 Ford Road Express) then walk a mile to the theater.
Phoenix Theaters State Wayne — 35310 W Michigan Ave, Wayne, MI 48184 (SMART #200 Michigan Local) exits in front of the theater.
Cinemark Southland — 23000 Eureka Rd, Taylor, MI 48180 (SMART #125 Fort Street, #160 Downriver, #275 Telegraph to Southland Center).
MJR Southgate Digital Cinema 20–15651 Trenton Rd, Southgate, MI 48195 (SMART #160 Downriver, #830 Downriver Park and Ride) exit across from theater.
Allen Park Digital Cinemas — 6601 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101 (SMART #140 Southshore to Southfield & Allen Rd).