Welcome Back, Redford

July 14th, 2013

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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.

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Cinetopia Selections

June 19th, 2013

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A two-day program of silent films starring Mary Pickford might have seemed out of place among the many new movies at the Cinetopia International Film Festival, but guest speaker Christel Schmidt helped put things in perspective.

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More Room for Screening

May 14th, 2013

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About 10 years ago, the Michigan Theater took advantage of some available property behind the theater to add a smaller theater that has helped the Michigan greatly expand its entertainment offerings.

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So Long Til Summer

April 29th, 2013

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The Detroit Film Theatre and Redford Theatre finished up their current seasons on the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 with the usual wide variety of movie entertainments that included classic, silent, and foreign language films. But before patrons enjoyed these treasures of the silver screen, theater representatives announced many special events in the coming months.

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Synergies

April 20th, 2013

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I was pleasantly surprised the other day to see that this year the Detroit Film Theatre will be participating in the Cinetopia International Film Festival that the Michigan Theater started last year.

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The Wonka Kids Grow Up

March 30th, 2013

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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.

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Continuing Education

February 23rd, 2013

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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.

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Collecting Images

January 19th, 2013

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A double feature on the opening weekend of the Detroit Film Theatre’s Winter 2013 season helped me better understand and appreciate how images are combined to create film and film-like experiences.

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O Christmas Tree

December 1st, 2012

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The 2012 Christmas season got off to a nostalgic start at the Redford Theatre and Michigan Theater.

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Finding Expression

November 18th, 2012

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The printed word, the moving picture, the photograph, the sound of a voice—all modes of expression of reflections, feelings, observations.

I experienced an exhilarating convergence of these forms of communication at the Detroit Film Theatre on November 9, 2012 as I watched the movie Patience (After Sebald), a few days after I started reading the book on which the film was based, The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald.

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