Michigan Rock Concert History At A Local Amazing Roller Rink
Michigan Rock Concert History At A Local Amazing Roller Rink The amazing story starts in the beginning as another building at 23025 Van Dyke Avenue.
The Motor City Skating Center first opened as a movie theater in 1939 in, Warren Michigan. The movie theater showed serial films. A serial film is a motion picture popular during the first half of the 20th century, consisting of a series of short subjects shown in order at one theater. The Perils of Pauline was an example.
The Change To A Local Roller Skating Center
The movie theater continued until the late 1950s and became the “Motor City Skating” Center in 1960. In the 60’s the club skaters ruled the rink up into the skating trend became part of the 1970’s culture. Teens hung out in huge crowds on the weekends. Skated there many times when I wasn’t playing pinball in the game room. The rental skates were a gamble. Getting a good pair was a blessing that is if you needed to skate backward on couples only. Motor City was a tough place to skate. I’m sure my friend John Pastula smashed some people’s heads.
Let The Music Play
The Motor City also played host to concerts. Before the rock concerts played later in the 1970s. The ’60s saw bands like the Four Tops and Simon and Garfunkel headlined. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, rock bands had the stage. The Ramones, Rick Derringer The Clash, Pat Benatar, The B-52’s, Iggy Pop, DEVO, Michigan rockers Cub Koda and Johnny Winter played there before they became rock legends. Check out a complete list of dates and bands by clicking this link here for the concert database.
Thanks to the Detroit Punks who were there to catch them on Super 8 Ektachrome at the Motor City Roller on March 10, 1980
The Times They Are Changing
By the mid-1980s, some say climbing insurance rates brought the Motor City Skating Center to an end. Tried its hand as a teen club but that was short-lived. People to this date recall so many memories of skating and seeing some early rock and roll history right in their own backyard. The building was demolished in July 1986. Today a strip mall was in its place with a Burger King out in front.
The best site for memories, photos, and history. Check out the Motor City Movie Theater/ Roller Rink Historical Project. The best web page for memories.