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.
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.
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.
For many fans of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, the characters in the movie seem to be almost part of their own lives, because of the many times they have seen the film and director Frank Capra’s detailed depictions of the characters.
On a cold, blustery night a few days before Thanksgiving, Ann Arbor movie and movie theater lovers gathered at the downtown Ann Arbor main library to hear a speech about a new history of the Michigan Theater that was written by someone who helped preserve this enduring movie palace.
For many decades, a trip to a movie theater in the Detroit area promised more than just the feature film. It could also include extras like cartoons, newsreels, short comedies, travelogues, or other entertainments, both live and on screen.