Category Archives: Silent Movies

DFT at the DIA

The Detroit Film Theatre has forged such a strong identity for itself that it’s easy to forget that it’s also one of many activities presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts. The DFT screens films in the DIA auditorium, which … Continue reading

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The Kunsky Touch

The year 1928 was an amazing year for motion picture theater construction in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.  Movie palaces that opened that year include the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit, the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor, and two … Continue reading

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A Novel Idea

The recently published mystery novel Frames is partially set in an old movie theater in Los Angeles.  Reading this entertaining book by Michigan author Loren D. Estleman was made a lot more fun by my experiences at the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan … Continue reading

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Traveling by Cinema

If the rising price of gasoline is making you rethink your vacation plans for this summer, the movie ticket agents at the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre can help you travel back through time with rich programs … Continue reading

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The Fullness of Its Years

Even before the entertainment began on the night when the Redford Theatre celebrated its 80th birthday (April 19, 2008), I could sense a deeper, richer feeling in the theater than I usually did.  This feeling brought out more of the … Continue reading

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Projections

The blank film lay on the table in the Grand Foyer of the Michigan Theater, waiting for visitors to the 46th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival to mark up frames to produce a series of images that would later be projected on … Continue reading

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Weekend Impressions

After enjoying the focused intimacy of the Redford Theatre (Friday, March 14, 2008) and the Detroit Film Theatre (March 15), the spaciousness of the Michigan Theater on March 16 hit me very strongly. Steven Ball’s organ playing drifted out into … Continue reading

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Here Comes Buster

If I had to pick one film that tied together the interests of most visitors to the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre, it would be Buster Keaton’s 1927 silent comedy The General. A close second would be … Continue reading

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More Than Just Words

An 81-year-old American silent movie and a current French film recently gave Michigan Theater audiences the chance to see how movies can entertain through different kinds of non-verbal communication. [ herbal vigor | cialis on sale | viagra clones | … Continue reading

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Forty Years of Musical Magic

“We have survived for 40 years, and we’re still going strong!” David Martin’s announcement from the stage of the Redford Theatre on September 22, 2007 was met with a strong burst of applause, on this evening when the Motor City … Continue reading

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