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Theater in Willow Run Airport removed to make lobby space, September 1954

Theater in Willow Run Airport removed to make lobby space, September 1954 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, September 2, 1954
Caption
As part of a $215,000 expansion program, the Airlines National Terminal Service Co., Inc., operators of the giant Willow Run Airport, has razed a building, within the main terminal, which once housed a movie theater. An additional 80 feet of airlines counter space will be made available. Added lobby area will also be included in the project at the south end of the present lobby. This view looks southwest, where the theater formerly stood.

Interior showing partial renovation and expansion of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, August 1959

Interior showing partial renovation and expansion of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, August 1959 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, August 11, 1959
Caption
NEW TERMINAL WELL-LIGHTED: This is a view of the main terminal lobby at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Three major domestic airlines and a local service carrier have moved to the Wayne county airfield from Willow Run Airport since last fall. They joined two overseas airlines which have operated several flights weekly from Detroit Metro for several years. The $8,500,000 Detroit Metro terminal was opened Oct . 1, 1958.

Interior showing partial renovation and expansion of Willow Run Airport terminal, August 1959

Interior showing partial renovation and expansion of Willow Run Airport terminal, August 1959 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, August 13, 1959
Caption
AFTER: Willow Run airlines spent more than $700,000 for an expansion-renovation project at the terminal in 1957 as the first phase of a still-uncompleted $1,500,000 improvement program. The renovation was not authorized, however, until after American Airlines had announced it would switch to Wayne county's then-vacant airport. The terminal work included installation of an attractive false ceiling, new seating and flooring and other major improvements. Further large-scale expansion presumably will come if the seven present Willow Run carriers decide to remain at the Washtenaw airfield.

Exterior showing partial renovation and expansion of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, August 1959

Exterior showing partial renovation and expansion of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, August 1959 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, August 14, 1959
Caption
NEW DETROIT METRO TERMINAL: Since last fall, this new terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has become the Detroit base for four airlines formerly located at Willow Run Airport. When opened last Oct. 1, the bi-level, $8,300,000 structure was called the first half of a terminal eventually planned to serve all commercial airlines serving Detroit. Now Wayne county officials say a separate terminal building will have to be constructed before the seven Willow Run carriers could be accommodated.