Most people’s favorite Christmas movies probably include the 1946 drama It’s a Wonderful Life and the 1954 musical White Christmas. On December 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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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 November 29, 2008, the Yuletide spirit filled the historic DFT auditorium, in the animated Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
A unique atmosphere always surrounds the Redford Theatre’s last movie before Thanksgiving. It’s a fun time to look back on the rich, varied programming of the fall, and look forward to the happy burst of entertainment that always ends the year. It’s the “Friday evening” of the year, as we relax from another 12 months of work, and get ready to have some enjoyment before starting all over again.