Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

O Christmas Tree

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

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The 2012 Christmas season got off to a nostalgic start at the Redford Theatre and Michigan Theater.

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As Time Goes By

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

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For almost 70 years, the romantic drama Casablanca has endured as an audience favorite. Further proof of that appeal came on June 29 and 30, 2012 at the Redford Theatre.

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Dear Friend

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

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Gentle waves of laughter rolled across the main floor of the Michigan Theater, in response to the delicate wit of the 1940 romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner. Moviegoers watched James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan travel a rocky road to love on Sunday, December 18, 2011, in the latest movie in the Michigan’s Holiday Classic Film Series.

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White Christmas

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

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During December, the AMC cable channel ran the 1954 holiday classic White Christmas over and over, allowing viewers to dip into their favorite scenes of the movie again and again. On December 17 and 18, 2010, I got to enjoy that film in the same way on the big screen of the Redford Theatre.

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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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Christmas Comes to the DFT

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

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With its unique focus on new art films and specially restored old movies, the Detroit Film Theatre usually doesn’t have Christmas-themed programming.  But on Nov. 29, 2008, the Yuletide spirit filled the historic DFT auditorium, in the animated Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band 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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Christmas in the 1940s

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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The 1940s was a Golden Age for Christmas movies.  It just seemed the right time for holiday movies, with World War II over and the post-war Baby Boom under way. Area moviegoers have a wonderful opportunity this year to see many of these holiday classics on the big screen.

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Christmas Comes to the Redford

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

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As I walked across the parking lot of the Redford Theatre on the evening of Dec. 1, 2007, the falling snow peacefully muffled the sounds of the city.  As I passed the stage end of the building, I heard the warm tones of Christmas music being played on the Redford’s Barton organ.

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First Impressions

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

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When I see a movie at the Michigan Theater that is attended by a lot of children, I often wonder what they think of this magnificent movie palace.  During a question-and-answer session before the Warner Brothers cartoons that were shown on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23, 2007), I got a peek into what parts of the Michigan most arouse their curiosity.

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