Archive for the ‘Silent Movies’ Category

Forty Years of Musical Magic

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

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“We have survived for 40 years, and we’re still going strong!”  David Martin’s announcement from the stage of the Redford Theatre on Sept. 22, 2007 was met with a strong burst of applause, on this evening when the Motor City Theatre Organ Society celebrated 40 years of organ concerts at the Redford.

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A Classic Movie Wish List

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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In the 20 years that I’ve regularly attended the Detroit Film Theatre, and the 10 years that I’ve visited the Michigan Theater and Redford Theatre, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many classic films, from silent movies like Buster Keaton’s The General (1927) to lively musicals like The Pirate (1948) to foreign language films like The Grand Illusion (1937).

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A New Summer Tradition

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

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Music was in the air for Opening Day (June 9, 2007) of the Detroit Film Theatre’s inaugural Summer Festival of Film and Music.  The rhythms and melodies of lively jazz came from the front lawn of the Scarab Club, as part of the annual Detroit Festival of the Arts.

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Clap If You Believe!

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

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It was one of the most exciting moments I’ve ever experienced in a movie theater. Already, the audience at the Redford Theatre on March 10, 2007 had enjoyed organist Lance Luce’s musical accompaniment to the delightful 1924 silent film Peter Pan.

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DFT Season Finale

Monday, December 11th, 2006

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With a sigh of regret, but a note of hope, the chairperson of the Friends of Detroit Film Theatre, Margaret Thomas, spoke to the DFT audience on December 10, 2006.  It was the last film of the Fall/Winter 2006 season, but in two months, the DFT would re-open with its auditorium renovation complete.

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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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Keyboard Wizards

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

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For many visitors to the Michigan Theater and Redford Theatre, the unique movies might have been the first attraction.  But after a few trips, they were probably also drawn to the warm melodies of the Barton theater organs of each movie house.

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Many Movie Theaters in One

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

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The Michigan Theater recently received a special award that gave significant recognition to the quality and variety of its programming.  On July 22, 2006, the League of Historic American Theatres presented the Michigan with its Outstanding Historic Theatre Award.  According to the LHAT web site, the award recognizes “the highest standards of excellence” in the “vision, execution and service” shown by “an operating historic theatre.”

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The Beautiful Sounds of Silents

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

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Imagine the joyful laughter of young children as they enjoy the misadventures of the main character of a movie. Is it the latest Pixar epic? Something from Disney? 

No, their amusement comes from 90-year-old silent films starring Charlie Chaplin. On April 8, 2006, the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor presented four of Chaplin’s short films from 1916. Youngsters who were born in the 21st century were treated to comedy classics that first hit the big screen during World War I.

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