As patrons filed in to the newly renovated Redford Theatre on July 12 and 13, 2013, theater volunteers were there to greet them with hearty rounds of “Welcome back!” These visitors returned the friendly welcome with sincere praise for the new carpeting, balcony seats, and sconces that had been installed since the theater last screened a movie on April 28, 2013.
On hand to make the Grand Re-Opening even more special was the movie Mary Poppins and a silent auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish organization.
Walt Disney historian Jim Korkis was on hand to share interesting facts about Mary Poppins, like how Julie Andrews was wired to make a fake bird that she was holding seem life-like. Actors playing Mary Poppins and Bert the chimney sweep added atmosphere to the screening.
I attended the matinee performance on Saturday, July 13. The movie, the theater, and the people all combined to create a magical afternoon of renewal and rediscovery with both the Redford Theatre and the classic movie Mary Poppins.
Copyright © 2013 by Robert Hollberg Smith, Jr.