November 08, 2022

See ‘8 Mile’ people and places 20 years later [PHOTOS]

Twenty years ago, Eminem's 8 Mile gave the world a cinematic look into Detroit's hip-hop culture.

Despite its global release, 8 Mile is very much a local movie, featuring places and landmarks that, at the time, were mostly known only to Detroiters. It made references to Motor City culture and featured more than a few familiar faces; it's the film that everyone in the metro area knows someone who was in it or worked on it. It also arned Eminem his Oscar for Best Original Song and the film, and told everyone that Cranbrook was a private school.

On the 20th anniversary of film's release, here is a look at some of the people and places of 8 Mile, then and now.
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In the film: The Shelter
431 E. Congress St., Detroit
This one is tricky — technically, the Shelter is a very real music venue where Slim Shady actually did get his start rapping early in his career. However, all the scenes for the movie were actually shot in a set built at the Rivertown Warehouse District.
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In the film: The Shelter

431 E. Congress St., Detroit

This one is tricky — technically, the Shelter is a very real music venue where Slim Shady actually did get his start rapping early in his career. However, all the scenes for the movie were actually shot in a set built at the Rivertown Warehouse District.
In real life: The Shelter
431 E. Congress St., Detroit
The real-life Shelter is still rocking in the basement of the popular Saint Andrew’s Hall venue in Detroit. Both venues made the news earlier this year when the floor of Saint Andrew’s Hall started bending under the weight of fans during a Baby Keem concert, causing the show to be cut short and the city to order the venues to close for months for renovations. They are now back in action.
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In real life: The Shelter

431 E. Congress St., Detroit

The real-life Shelter is still rocking in the basement of the popular Saint Andrew’s Hall venue in Detroit. Both venues made the news earlier this year when the floor of Saint Andrew’s Hall started bending under the weight of fans during a Baby Keem concert, causing the show to be cut short and the city to order the venues to close for months for renovations. They are now back in action.
In the film: 8 Mile Mobile Court
20785 Schultes Ave., Warren
The trailer park Rabbit’s mom lived in was probably the most important location outside of the Shelter in this movie. It’s where Rabbit got into a heated argument with his mom’s boyfriend Greg, and where he was jumped by rival rap group Free World.
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In the film: 8 Mile Mobile Court

20785 Schultes Ave., Warren

The trailer park Rabbit’s mom lived in was probably the most important location outside of the Shelter in this movie. It’s where Rabbit got into a heated argument with his mom’s boyfriend Greg, and where he was jumped by rival rap group Free World.
In real life: A&L Mobile Home Park
20785 Schultes Ave., Warren
Today, the mobile home community is still open on Eight Mile and Ryan. Fun fact: If you look it up on Google Maps, it’s also tagged as “Eminem's Trailer Park.”
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In real life: A&L Mobile Home Park

20785 Schultes Ave., Warren

Today, the mobile home community is still open on Eight Mile and Ryan. Fun fact: If you look it up on Google Maps, it’s also tagged as “Eminem's Trailer Park.”
In the film: Lil’ Tic
One of the film’s plotlines is Rabbit’s road to redemption after choking in the opening battle scene at the Shelter. Rabbit loses to L.T., who in real life was one of Eminem’s close friends, Proof (who the character Future, played by Mekhi Phifer, was based on).
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In the film: Lil’ Tic

One of the film’s plotlines is Rabbit’s road to redemption after choking in the opening battle scene at the Shelter. Rabbit loses to L.T., who in real life was one of Eminem’s close friends, Proof (who the character Future, played by Mekhi Phifer, was based on).
In real life: Proof
Besides being one of Slim Shady’s good friends and hype man, he was also a member of the group D12. In 2006, Proof was gunned down after an altercation over a game of pool. Fun fact: In his battle, Lil’ Tic says “L.T., that’s right, cock the heat and shoot ya, I’ll punish Rabbit or obsolete Future.” If you look at the first letter of each word in the last bar, it spells “Proof.”
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In real life: Proof

Besides being one of Slim Shady’s good friends and hype man, he was also a member of the group D12. In 2006, Proof was gunned down after an altercation over a game of pool. Fun fact: In his battle, Lil’ Tic says “L.T., that’s right, cock the heat and shoot ya, I’ll punish Rabbit or obsolete Future.” If you look at the first letter of each word in the last bar, it spells “Proof.”
 In the film: New Detroit Stamping
950 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit
In the movie Rabbit gets a job at fictional New Detroit Stamping. While that company might’ve been created for the movie, it was filmed at the very real New Center Stamping.
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In the film: New Detroit Stamping

950 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit

In the movie Rabbit gets a job at fictional New Detroit Stamping. While that company might’ve been created for the movie, it was filmed at the very real New Center Stamping.
In real life: New Center Stamping
950 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit
New Center Stamping is still open and operating today. No word on whether they still do rap battles during the lunch breaks, though.
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In real life: New Center Stamping

950 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit

New Center Stamping is still open and operating today. No word on whether they still do rap battles during the lunch breaks, though.
 In the film: Chin Tiki
2121 Cass Ave., Detroit
Did you even watch 8 Mile if you never yelled out “Ten freaky girls inside the Chin Tiki?” The former tiki bar and Polynesian-themed restaurant opened in 1966 and closed its doors in 1980, remaining abandoned until the 8 Mile filming began. In the film, it’s a favorite hangout of Eminem’s character Rabbit, likely inspired by Detroit’s former Stanley’s Mannia Café Chinese restaurant, which hosted rap battles in the ’90s.
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In the film: Chin Tiki

2121 Cass Ave., Detroit

Did you even watch 8 Mile if you never yelled out “Ten freaky girls inside the Chin Tiki?” The former tiki bar and Polynesian-themed restaurant opened in 1966 and closed its doors in 1980, remaining abandoned until the 8 Mile filming began. In the film, it’s a favorite hangout of Eminem’s character Rabbit, likely inspired by Detroit’s former Stanley’s Mannia Café Chinese restaurant, which hosted rap battles in the ’90s.
 In real life: Chin Tiki
2121 Cass Ave., Detroit
Due to interest in the film, previous owner Marvin Chin considered reopening the spot, but Olympia Development bought the building and demolished it in 2009 to make space for Little Caesars Arena. (It is now a parking lot.) Meanwhile, there are plans to revive the former Stanley’s Mannia Café as a new music venue.
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In real life: Chin Tiki

2121 Cass Ave., Detroit

Due to interest in the film, previous owner Marvin Chin considered reopening the spot, but Olympia Development bought the building and demolished it in 2009 to make space for Little Caesars Arena. (It is now a parking lot.) Meanwhile, there are plans to revive the former Stanley’s Mannia Café as a new music venue.