About 3,000 fans of the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory visited the Redford Theatre on March 8 and 9, 2013 to see the film and two of its stars in person.
More than 30 years ago, Eastern Michigan University professor Henry Aldridge helped educate the Ann Arbor community about the value of the Michigan Theater, which faced an uncertain future after the Butterfield Theater Company stopped operating the Michigan in 1979.
The newest technologies of movies, such as 3-D and special digital effects, make it easy to forget that the projection of moving images began more than 100 years ago. The Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater recently transported their audiences back to the early days of cinema, with movies released before World War I.
As Tippi Hedren stood on the Redford Theatre stage on September 28, 2012, an angle of light on her face gave me a glimpse of the younger Tippi whom I had just seen in the first half of the Redford’s screening of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Birds.
For many years, my Christmas video watching included the 1937 French World War I drama Grand Illusion, which was directed by Jean Renoir. Towards its end, there is a poignant Christmas Eve scene that, for me, always added another dimension to the peaceful message and communal feeling of the season.
The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of one of the most famous studios in Hollywood history—Universal Pictures. This past month, the Detroit Movie Palaces screened some of the most important movies in Universal’s history.