A little bit about
us & our history
The South Lyon Theater (SLT) was opened in 1945 and remains an iconic venue, rich with local history and significance.
The Theater was built on the site of Phillips Funeral Home's furniture store on East Lake Street in South Lyon by Edward C. Carrow. Construction began in February of 1945 and was completed in October of that same year. However, the (originally) 400 seats from Grand Rapids based American Seating were not delivered until January of 1946. An ad in the local newspaper indicated films were shown in late December, but Carrow must have utilized temporary seating as the Theatre did not officially open until January 25, 1946.
It was opened as the LYON with a simple marquee (no vertical blade) and the name in four large letters. Edward G. Robinson and Margaret O'Brien starred in the opening film - “Our Vines Have Tender Grapes” - along with Judy Canova in “Hit the Hay!” later that week. The opening was sold out with the lobby full of flowers. The newspaper referred to it as an “outstanding theatre.” There were no films the week of February 7 due to a truckers' strike in Detroit.
Carrow went on to build and operate the Lee Theatre in Whitmore Lake and apparently sold the Lyon business as a 1951 ad referred to Rex Kinne as proprietor. The theatre was passed to other owners over the years until it was forced into a Sheriff's sale after defaulting on mortgage loans and taxes in April, 2008.
Outside the Theater under construction ~ 1945
South Lyon Theater open for Feature Films in 2015.
The South Lyon Theater is a woman owned / family business and has been hosting events for our community since 2015.
The theater closed during the COVID pandemic and has undertaken major renovations to create a unique entertainment venue. With construction completed in 2023, SLT now boasts a new 1000 sq ft of flexible dining and entertainment space, new bar and lounge area, new marquee panels with LED lighting and updated bathrooms…plus a lot more.
We are opening our venue for private events and rentals.
Customers will have the opportunity to use Dolby Digital Surround Sound and digital theater projection systems to incorporate exceptional audio and visual experiences into every event. We have added functionality to play your favorite video game or stream content directly to the 30 ft movie screen. You can expect a memorable experience. We’re perfect for weddings, showers, birthday parties, corporate meetings, private film screenings, fundraisers, class reunions, bachelorette parties, church services, wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsals etc. Our new floor space can accommodate plays, concerts, dance recitals, improv, yoga or pilates classes or any community event that needs seating for up to 170 people.
Pubic parking is free on the street and in large lot across the street behind buildings and also directly behind the theater in the post office lot. You can drop-off curbside directly in front of the theater entrance.