Archive for the ‘Michigan Theater’ Category

Renewal and Growth

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

One of the philosophies that I carry around in my pocket is: Life is movement—either growth, decay, or renewal—and renewal always precedes growth.

The Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater are currently applying this philosophy in different ways as they face the endless challenges of time and competition.


In a Minor Key

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

I’m always grateful when one of the Detroit Movie Palaces shows a lesser known old movie. I know it doesn’t help their bottom line as much as more famous films, but it helps further their mission to create unique movie-going experiences for area film lovers.


Early Hitchcock

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

No film director unites the audiences of the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre more than Alfred Hitchcock.


Wonderful Words

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

For many fans of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, the characters in the movie seem to be almost part of their own lives, because of the many times they have seen the film and director Frank Capra’s detailed depictions of the characters.


Michigan History

Monday, November 25th, 2013

On a cold, blustery night a few days before Thanksgiving, Ann Arbor movie and movie theater lovers gathered at the downtown Ann Arbor main library to hear a speech about a new history of the Michigan Theater that was written by someone who helped preserve this enduring movie palace.


Life is for Living

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

On a rainy Sunday when many people might have been tempted to stay inside, the Michigan Theater presented two films about individuals who stretched the boundaries of their experiences.


Cinetopia Selections

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

A two-day program of silent films starring Mary Pickford might have seemed out of place among the many new movies at the Cinetopia International Film Festival, but guest speaker Christel Schmidt helped put things in perspective.


More Room for Screening

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

About 10 years ago, the Michigan Theater took advantage of some available property behind the theater to add a smaller theater that has helped the Michigan greatly expand its entertainment offerings.



Saturday, April 20th, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised the other day to see that this year the Detroit Film Theatre will be participating in the Cinetopia International Film Festival that the Michigan Theater started last year.


Continuing Education

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

More than 30 years ago, Eastern Michigan University professor Henry Aldridge helped educate the Ann Arbor community about the value of the Michigan Theater, which faced an uncertain future after the Butterfield Theater Company stopped operating the Michigan in 1979.