Rochester Historical Picture: The Hills Theater

On January 15, 1942, the Hills Theater opened on Rochester’s Main Street and soon became “the most popular recreation spot in town.” Air conditioning and a confection counter with an assortment of candy were added a few years later, enhancing the movie-goers experience.

Snapped in 1974, this photo shows the Hills Theater in its final years nestled between Donna Sacs and the Christian Science Reading Room. The movie playing at the time was Wonder of It All, a documentary on animals in the wild.

Visiting the Museum

The Museum’s permanent exhibit interprets the fascinating lives of the Taylor and Van Hoosen families. Visitors can also learn about the women’s suffrage movement, water powered mills, and more. Drop in tours are on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00pm - 3:00pm and throughout the year for school and group tours. The Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan. To learn more, visit

About the City of Rochester Hills

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNNMoney magazine, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology; the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.


Mar 11, 2022 Samantha Lawrence, Museum Archivist at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

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