Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

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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The Flow of Time

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

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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.

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3-Delight

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

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On the Redford Theatre’s biggest party night of the yearthe Saturday night screening of its Halloween movievisitors came in almost every imaginable costume.

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The Best Years of Their Lives

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

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You really cared about these people.  Over nearly three hours, the different stories of the 1946 film The Best Years of Our Lives flowed across the Redford Theatre screen, and when the movie ended, you felt privileged to be part of the experience. 

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A Winning Trifecta

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

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For moviegoers, the early months of a new year can be a tough time.  Theaters are filled with year-end releases that you’ve already seen, and many new films get only one or two stars from the critics.

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More Fun for December 25

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

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December has recently been filled with debates about public displays of Christmas symbols and the greetings “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays”.  But on December 25, 2006, a non-Christian group enriched Christmas Day with an activity that sidestepped controversy in a very friendly way.

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The Magic of Christmas

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

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Two young children, all dressed in red, bounced happily on their feet.  They anxiously awaited the arrival of the model train through a snow-covered tunnel in a miniature town set up at the front of the Redford Theatre auditorium.

At the Michigan Theater, gleeful children with Santa Claus caps bounded up the elegant staircase of the Grand Foyer, excited about seeing a movie from the balcony.

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Wartime Film

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

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As I drove home from the Redford Theatre last night, oldies station WOMC-FM was playing “Ballad of the Green Berets”, a 1966 salute to soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War.  That popular song honored U.S. troops during a war that, like the current Iraq War, divided the country, provoked many protests, and shook up the political power structure in the United States.

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Halloween Fun

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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A touch of spookiness was added to the classic detail of the Detroit Movie Palaces on the weekend before Halloween 2006. All three theaters held special Halloween events that included scary movies, frightful decorations and creative live entertainment.

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Judy Garland’s Easter Parade

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

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When movie fans think of Judy Garland, her three most famous films might come to mind: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) or A Star is Born (1954). Or maybe one of her many movies with Mickey Rooney.

But the late 1940s and early 1950s might show her at her most versatile, when she worked with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Van Johnson in several bright, funny entertainments.

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