Magnificence

June 8th, 2015

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“The magnificence of the Ambersons began in 1873,” Orson Welles intones deeply as he speaks one of my favorite opening lines to a movie.

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Classic Movie Memories

April 17th, 2015

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Gone with the Wind in Detroit and many other cities, after being released in Atlanta and New York City in late 1939.

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In the Shadows

March 30th, 2015

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For many years, the Michigan Theater has helped area filmgoers make the slow, difficult transition from winter to spring with special Monday night classic film series. Recent series have include Charlie Chaplin in 2011 and Alfred Hitchcock in 2014.

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A Christmas Weekend

December 21st, 2014

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‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, and many movie-loving creatures were stirring in the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre.

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Change of State

November 26th, 2014

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This past fall has been a busy time at the Michigan Theater and its new partner a few hundred feet down the street—the State Theatre.

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Father and Son

October 26th, 2014

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The Halloween treats at the Redford Theatre this year included movies on consecutive weekends that starred the master of makeup Lon Chaney and his son Creighton Chaney, better known to movie fans as Lon Chaney, Jr.

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West Side Story

September 28th, 2014

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If an award was given for best all-around film, the 1961 Best Picture Oscar-winning movie West Side Story would be a strong contender.

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Under the Stars

August 17th, 2014

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If you’re over the age of 40, you probably have memories of drive-in movie theaters scattered around the Detroit metropolitan area. Those drive-ins, which peaked in popularity in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, began disappearing in the 1980s when their property became more valuable for strip malls, restaurants, and other year-round businesses.

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Renewal and Growth

July 19th, 2014

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One of the philosophies that I carry around in my pocket is: Life is movement—either growth, decay, or renewal—and renewal always precedes growth.

The Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater are currently applying this philosophy in different ways as they face the endless challenges of time and competition.

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Silent Film Festival

June 8th, 2014

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The Cinetopia International Film Festival this weekend is one of many examples of area movie enthusiasts combining their interests and ambitions to create major film events.

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