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.
Archive for December, 2006
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.
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.
After I watched the film New York Doll at the Detroit Film Theatre on December 8, 2006, the warm afterglow of this poignant movie helped shield me from the sharp chill of the winter evening. I turned on the car radio, and there was John Lennon on WCSX (94.7 FM), singing “Watching the Wheels,” as part of that classic rock station’s tribute to Lennon, who was shot to death 26 years ago on December 8.
The histories of the Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre are tightly intertwined with those of Ann Arbor, Detroit, theater design, organ music, and other people, places and things. These theaters also have boosted the careers of many famous movie stars, who in turn helped draw crowds to these film palaces.