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Mai Kai Theater

2001 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
33330 Plymouth Rd
Livonia MI

Demolished 2003 Live Theatre
Record #13055  
 Opened: 1963
 Closed: 1993
 Demolished: 2003
Capacity: 1400 seats
Architectural Style(s): Polynesian
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Omni Star, George Burns

The Mai Kai opened on April 10, 1963, with the Disney film Son of Flubber. Stars Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk attended the opening of the $1.5 million Polynesian-style theater built by Nicholas George. When it closed in 1987, the Mai Kai was one of the last large single-screen neighborhood theaters in the area.

The theater reopened in 1988 as a live event theater and was renamed the Omni Star. The theater closed just two months later, and in 1990, the manager plead guilty to selling $70,000 worth of tickets to a concert that never took place.

The theater was sold to Stuart Gorelick, who remodeled it at a cost of $1 million and renamed it the George Burns Theatre. The theater reopened in 1992, with Burns himself in attendance, but closed again the next year.

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June 2001 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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