By Sara Powers

(CBS DETROIT) – In a 4-2 vote, the Royal Oak Planning Commission voted to demolish the Main Art Theatre.

In a public meeting, plans for a five-story mixed-use building were presented.

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The theater opened in downtown Royal Oak in 1941, but it was shut down during the pandemic, and never reopened.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, Friends of the Main Art Theatre, a community group formed to help preserve the theater, has held many marches and protests in support of the building, and 200 people attended a rally outside of the theater last Saturday.

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