The final credits rolled as the crowd basked in the afterglow of an emotionally powerful movie experience. When the screen gave Thank You’s to the people of Mackinac Island and the staff of the Grand Hotel, many people broke into applause. Soon, the curtains closed, and patrons filed out of the Redford Theatre, with the romantic melodies of the 1980 movie Somewhere in Time flowing through their senses.
“The film is about finding The One,” explained Somewhere in Time fan society president Jo Addie when she helped introduce the film earlier that evening (September 22, 2006). It could be that long-awaited love, or it could be a dream of being re-united, in this life or the next, with someone you’ve lost. “It gives people hope,” said Addie, who was an extra in the movie.
Addie was dressed in the fashion of 1912, the setting for much of the film. Other members of the fan club also appeared in period clothing. In the lobby, you could buy movie memorabilia like coffee cups, behind-the-scenes books and a reproduction of the photographic portrait of Jane Seymour that plays a crucial part in the film.
The evening was a pleasant convergence of interests that showed the friendly community that has gathered around the Redford. Also helping to introduce the film was Tom Wilson, a member of both the Motor City Theatre Organ Society (which runs the Redford) and the Somewhere in Time fan society. Wilson plays nostalgic musical favorites on the radio show Somewhere in Time, which broadcasts on WMUZ (103.5 FM) on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.
The movie fan club is one of several organizations that the Redford is working with this season to provide unique entertainment for its faithful patrons.
On October 15, the theater is teaming up with the Motor City Blight Busters and Public Art Workz to present a Motor City Memories evening with the Miracles and the Contours. On November 10, the Redford Community War Memorial Association, Inc. helps present the annual Salute to Our Veterans. In December, the Holiday Dancers of the Casali School of Dance help put on the Redford’s annual Christmas Show.
The evening also brought other reasons to look forward to the future of the Redford. Patrons can now use a special card to see a free movie for every seven paid movie admissions. And the restoration effort in the front lobby continues, adding to the cozy texture that greets visitors every time they come to the theater.
Copyright 2006 by Robert Hollberg Smith, Jr.