The real 8 Mile
220 Bagley, Detroit
Director Curtis Hanson had seen it in a magazine of urban architectural photography -- a modern parking structure jammed into the gutted remains of one of Detroit's famed movie palaces, the Michigan Theater. For Hanson and production designer Philip Messina, this was the key example of the movie's urban recycling theme. Viewers will see it doubling for the parking area outside Chin Tiki, where Jimmy (Eminem) almost gets into a fight with rival rappers.