Archive for the ‘Michigan Theater’ Category

The Michigan Loses a Friend

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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The Ann Arbor News published its last edition today (July 23, 2009), and through the years, it has been a good friend to the Michigan Theater. It has provided advertising space, along with free publicity in its entertainment listings. Its writers have produced many enjoyable descriptions of the theater’s activities. And it has shown its strongest commitment to the Michigan through the sponsorship of its programming.

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Two Visits From Mary Poppins

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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The Detroit Movie Palaces add so much variety to the experiences of area moviegoers that it’s extra fun when they create different ways to enjoy the same movie. That happened recently when the Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre screened the 1964 children’s classic Mary Poppins.

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Jewish Journeys

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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So there I was, sitting in the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on May 4, 2009, watching a film set in Ashdod, Israel in which a young half Russian/half Israeli boy was trying to learn dances that originated in Spain and England. His instructor was a famous Russian dancer who was considering going to a dance competition in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Reeling On the River

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

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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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Christmas Double Feature

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

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Most people’s favorite Christmas movies probably include the 1946 drama It’s a Wonderful Life and the 1954 musical White Christmas.  On Dec. 20, 2008, I had the heartwarming privilege of seeing a big screen double feature of these two holiday classics at the Michigan Theater (It’s a Wonderful Life) and the Redford Theatre (White Christmas).

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Giving Thanks

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

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After a whirlwind of filmgoing that took me to all three of the Detroit Movie Palaces, I have many blessings to count in this season of Thanksgiving. 

As I write this, my mind and emotions are reflecting on the enjoyment and the enrichment of: a family classic (The Wizard of Oz); a newly discovered barrel of fun (3 Ring Circus); a dramatic look at an Italian family (Days and Clouds); and two skillfully nuanced and emotionally gripping films (I’ve Loved You So Long and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas).

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A Living Work of Art

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

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I’ve always enjoyed escaping into the Michigan Theater for its refreshing atmosphere and entertainment, but never more than on July 18, 2008, when I visited the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.  Without the cool spaciousness of the Michigan, the art fairs would have been a weary test of endurance, instead of a wide variety of mid-summer activities and entertainments.

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Keeping Memories Alive

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

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To better appreciate the preservation of the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre, think about the outpouring of memories and emotions that have come this past week because of the demolition of Tiger Stadium.

And just imagine the news stories that might have been written if special efforts had not been made to maintain the DFT, Michigan and Redford for future generations:

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A Novel Idea

Monday, June 30th, 2008

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The recently published mystery novel Frames is partially set in an old movie theater in Los Angeles.  Reading this entertaining book by Michigan author Loren D. Estleman was made a lot more fun by my experiences at the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre.

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Traveling by Cinema

Monday, May 26th, 2008

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If the rising price of gasoline is making you rethink your vacation plans for this summer, the movie ticket agents at the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre can help you travel back through time with rich programs of classic movies.

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