Early Hitchcock

March 2nd, 2014

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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

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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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DFT Classics

January 11th, 2014

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The Detroit Film Theatre is probably best known for screening new foreign language, documentary, and American independent films that you are not likely to see in a mainstream commercial theater.

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Personal Filmmaking

December 29th, 2013

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It’s the end of another year, and many of us are reflecting on the past twelve months and making plans and resolutions for 2014.

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Michigan History

November 25th, 2013

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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.

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That’s Not All Folks

October 19th, 2013

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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.

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Life is for Living

September 29th, 2013

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On a rainy Sunday when many people might have been tempted to stay inside, the Michigan Theater presented two films about individuals who stretched the boundaries of their experiences.

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Shirley Yes

September 22nd, 2013

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When I walked into the Redford Theatre on Friday, September 13, 2013, the first thing I did was try to get a glimpse of that weekend’s special guest, Shirley Jones.

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A Quarter Century

August 5th, 2013

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This past weekend marked 25 years since I first started attending movies at the Detroit Film Theatre. I first visited the DFT around August 1, 1988 for the German drama Wings of Desire.

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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 27, 2013.

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