Change of State

November 26th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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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My 25-Year Old TV Set

May 4th, 2014

Twenty five years ago today, I walked into the old Highland Superstore on Michigan Avenue in the west end of Dearborn. A little while later, I walked out with my first color television set and my first video cassette recorder.

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In a Minor Key

April 27th, 2014

I’m always grateful when one of the Detroit Movie Palaces shows a lesser known old movie. I know it doesn’t help their bottom line as much as more famous films, but it helps further their mission to create unique movie-going experiences for area film lovers.

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Early Hitchcock

March 2nd, 2014

No film director unites the audiences of the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre more than Alfred Hitchcock.

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Bigger Than Life

February 16th, 2014

Like many movie fans, I’ve tended to look at Shirley Temple as a novelty of a certain time, appealing mostly to children. But I gained a new appreciation for her work after I saw a double feature of her films at the Redford Theatre on March 30, 2012.

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