If you’re over the age of 40, you probably have memories of drive-in movie theaters scattered around the Detroit metropolitan area. Those drive-ins, which peaked in popularity in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, began disappearing in the 1980s when their property became more valuable for strip malls, restaurants, and other year-round businesses.
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Like many movie fans, I’ve tended to look at Shirley Temple as a novelty of a certain time, appealing mostly to children. But I gained a new appreciation for her work after I saw a double feature of her films at the Redford Theatre on March 30, 2012.
It’s the end of another year, and many of us are reflecting on the past twelve months and making plans and resolutions for 2014.
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.
For many decades, a trip to a movie theater in the Detroit area promised more than just the feature film. It could also include extras like cartoons, newsreels, short comedies, travelogues, or other entertainments, both live and on screen.
When I walked into the Redford Theatre on Friday, September 13, 2013, the first thing I did was try to get a glimpse of that weekend’s special guest, Shirley Jones.
As patrons filed in to the newly renovated Redford Theatre on July 12 and 13, 2013, theater volunteers were there to greet them with hearty rounds of “Welcome back!” These visitors returned the friendly welcome with sincere praise for the new carpeting, balcony seats, and sconces that had been installed since the theater last screened a movie on April 28, 2013.
The Detroit Film Theatre and Redford Theatre finished up their current seasons on the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 with the usual wide variety of movie entertainments that included classic, silent, and foreign language films. But before patrons enjoyed these treasures of the silver screen, theater representatives announced many special events in the coming months.
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.