The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of one of the most famous studios in Hollywood history—Universal Pictures. This past month, the Detroit Movie Palaces screened some of the most important movies in Universal’s history.
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The 85th birthday is approaching for the Redford Theatre, the Michigan Theater, and the auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts that hosts the Detroit Film Theatre. All three theaters have taken on ambitious renewal projects that will make them more user-friendly, a term that probably wasn’t used when the buildings opened in 1927 and 1928.
Some film writers have said that motion pictures are paintings of time. After seeing The Mill and the Cross at the Detroit Film Theatre on January 28, 2012, I wondered if one of the major challenges of painting is to know how to stop time and capture an image of a moment.
Many movie buffs consider 1939 to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with releases like Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, and Wizard of Oz. But 1940 wasn’t too bad either, and in 2011, visitors to the Detroit Movie Palaces enjoyed some of the highlights of that release year.
A visit to the movies usually means about 90-120 minutes of a fictional story involving human beings playing characters other than themselves.
I took a break from that routine on Saturday, October 1, 2011, when I took in a unique double feature at the Detroit Film Theatre and the Redford Theatre. The DFT showed a gritty documentary about street life, while the Redford screened a collection of old cartoons.