Archive for January, 2007

The Met at the Michigan

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

The Michigan Theater is described as “Ann Arbor’s Historic Center for Fine Film & Performing Arts.” On January 28, 2007, visitors to the Michigan enjoyed the best of both worlds in a video broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of The First Emperor from January 13, 2007.


Excitement of New DFT Schedule

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

One of the most enjoyable parts of visiting the Detroit Film Theatre is seeing a new schedule. My first glimpse of the wide variety of films that the DFT presents each season always fills me with a heady mixture of curiosity and anticipation.


Visions of Greatness

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

In the fascinating new book Detroit’s Downtown Movie Palaces (2006, Arcadia Publishing), authors Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon write:

“When reviewing the history of how downtown Detroit’s movie palaces evolved, one word certainly comes to mind, and that is visionary.”


Ethel O’Leary (1905-2007)

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

The Redford Theatre recently lost one of its strongest supporters. Ethel O’Leary, familiar to many Redford visitors as an attendant of the ladies’ restroom, passed away in mid-January at the extraordinary age of 101.


Lucille Ball, Big Screen and Small

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

When I first visited Los Angeles in 1991, I enjoyed many of the attractions that draw people to Southern California—the beaches, Disneyland, Hollywood, Dodger Stadium.

It was all fun, but one thing emotionally touched me more than these superficially pleasant entertainments. Universal Studios was hosting a poignant exhibit for Lucille Ball, who had died two years earlier. This wasn’t Mickey Mouse, this wasn’t a surfer hanging ten, this wasn’t the Jaws shark leaping out of the water.


The Year in Review – 1931

Monday, January 1st, 2007

From my research for the Looking Back feature of this web site, I’ve found that the movies of 1931 were affected by many trends and social forces. Sound was still a novelty, with the word “Talkie” often used to advertise films. New stars like Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck crowded out old silent movie favorites like Buster Keaton, Clara Bow, and John Gilbert.