The first time that I heard of the Millers Creek Film Festival, it struck me as the perfect example of the Michigan Theater as a Public Access Movie Theater. Here were some local activists in the Ann Arbor area who took the initiative to create a film festival out of their special interest. And there was the Michigan, ever ready to play its role as a community meeting place.
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The blank film lay on the table in the Grand Foyer of the Michigan Theater, waiting for visitors to the 46th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival to mark up frames to produce a series of images that would later be projected on the main theater screen. A few feet away, some toy animals and a moveable projector awaited other filmgoers’ attempts at stop-motion animation.
Notes from a movie palace weekend (March 14-16, 2008):
After enjoying the focused intimacy of the Redford Theatre (Friday, March 14, 2008) and the Detroit Film Theatre (March 15), the spaciousness of the Michigan Theater on March 16 hit me very strongly. Steven Ball’s organ playing drifted out into the Grand Foyer and the street energy of downtown Ann Arbor continued into the Michigan’s auditorium.
For the curious-minded, the Michigan Theater can be a treasure chest of intriguing information and fascinating images. Posters for upcoming films are scattered around the ticket booth and concession stand. First-time visitors often stare in wonder at the dramatic vaulted ceiling of the Grand Foyer.
The texture of the Detroit Film Theatre is often like a finely played piece of chamber music. Delicate details like the architecture, program notes, ushers, and pre-film music stimulate the mind and emotions with unique sensations. In the space between these impressions, your own observations can linger.