At the Redford Theatre’s showing of the 1960 epic Spartacus on April 2, 2010, the Roman Empire spilled off of the screen into the lobbies, auditorium, and sidewalks of this westside Detroit movie palace.
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Visitors to the Detroit Movie Palaces this movie season will have the chance to see the Marx Brothers in the two big phases of their film career.
At the Detroit Film Theatre on May 1, 2010, fans of this zany comedy team can enjoy their 1932 Paramount release, Horse Feathers. And on March 5, 2010, several hundred Redford Theatre moviegoers laughed it up at the Marx Brothers’ second feature for MGM, A Day at the Races (1937).
Before the showing of my most favorite Redford Theatre movie on Nov. 6, 2009—the 1964 musical My Fair Lady—I treated myself to the 1956 soundtrack from the stage show that starred Rex Harrison and a young (21-year-old) Julie Andrews. The music of the film is so strongly ingrained in my senses that it’s easy to forget that the stage recording is the version of the musical that people came to know and love for almost a decade before the story hit the big screen.
As the Saturday night showing of The Great Dictator at the Redford Theatre on Sept. 26, 2009 wound down, I thought back over the fun of sponsoring this movie under the name of this web site. Usually I’m just a visitor, enjoying one show, along with some organ music and some tasty, inexpensive snack food. But this weekend, I was much more involved, and got to see the hard work and magic of the Redford unfold over three showings.
The vivid impressions of the big movie screen can magnify the impact of many things, including landscapes where the stirring emotions of human drama are played out. That was particularly true in recent Detroit Movie Palace showings of two famous outdoor adventures: The Searchers at the Michigan Theater on August 4, 2009, and Lawrence of Arabia at the Redford Theatre on August 9. 2009.
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.
Redford Theatre fans got a double dose of fun on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The anarchy and silliness of the Three Stooges was spiced with anticipation for a win by the Michigan State University men’s basketball team in the NCAA Final Four, taking place only a few miles away in downtown Detroit.
Towards the end of the Redford Theatre’s showing of Sunset Boulevard (1950) on Feb. 7, 2009, the images and the atmosphere combined to give me a deeper feeling for the significance of both the theater and the movie. Sunset Boulevard is a strange tribute to the silent movie era, thanks in part to the performances of two people who helped make the history of that era (Gloria Swanson and Erich Von Stroheim).