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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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.
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.”
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.
These short films were part of a recent bounty of silent movies at the Michigan, Detroit Film Theatre, and Redford Theatre. These screenings have been a good education in the wide variety of styles and musical backgrounds that viewers enjoy when watching these ancient wonders.