Archive for the ‘Michigan Theater’ Category

Silent Movie Weekend

Monday, April 25th, 2016

When the Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre opened 88 years ago in 1928, their Barton theater organs were designed to accompany silent movies. The talking picture soon changed these plans, but these organs both returned to their original use on the weekend of April 23 and 24, 2016.

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Bard of the Screen

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The Michigan Theater’s screening of the 1953 MGM drama Julius Caesar on March 21, 2016 helped me understand that this filmed adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play is more than just a showcase for Marlon Brando.

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Oscar’s Best

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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I took a break from the nonstop news coverage of this year’s controversial Academy Awards ceremony to watch some of the films whose deserved recognition was almost drowned out by the political commentary.

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Frankly Speaking

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

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Frank Sinatra, who was born 100 years ago today, is best known for his singing, but he also made significant contributions to movies. Many of those films have been shown at the Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre as part of their classic film series.

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The First Ten Years

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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I sometimes feel amazed that an area can support three large historic movie theaters like the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre. In most cities, any one of these theaters would be the center of attraction for fans of alternative film programs.

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Spielberg Gets Serious

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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It’s always a pleasure to see someone push themselves to a greater level of achievement, especially if they already have an impressive list of accomplishments.

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A Hand Up

Friday, September 25th, 2015

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During the screening of the documentary Rosenwald at the Michigan Theater on September 24, 2015, one person after another testified to how they had benefited from the generosity of businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.

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Moments of Truth

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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Romantic dramas often include a stirring climactic scene when a man and a woman confront each other about the true nature of their relationship.

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Cinetopia Buffet

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

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The four-year-old Cinetopia International Film Festival continued to grow in 2015. New venues this year included several well-known alternative film theaters (Maple Theater, Redford Theatre, and Senate Theater).

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Magnificence

Monday, June 8th, 2015

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“The magnificence of the Ambersons began in 1873,” Orson Welles intones deeply as he speaks one of my favorite opening lines to a movie.

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