Your Guide to Classic Movie Theater Filmgoing!
Look What's Coming!
In the Cultural Center of Detroit, on the east side of the Detroit Institute of Arts building (the opposite side of the DIA from the Woodward Avenue entrance). The entrance to the theater is right by the John R entrance to the DIA. John R runs one-way south, with the theater between I-94 and Warren. The nearest highway access is the John R exit on I-94.
Going home, the nearby intersection of Warren and I-75 provides quick access to other freeways (I-94, I-96 and I-10). To get to this intersection from the DFT, just continue south on John R. At the Detroit Science Center, turn left on Warren and go straight for several blocks until you reach I-75. For city dwellers, nearby Woodward Avenue can make things easier.
The DIA has a parking lot across John R from the theater that filmgoers can use for free, once they get a voucher with their ticket. There are also street parking options, which help you park closer to the theater and/or position yourself for an easy exit. Parking meters are not enforced during show times (after 6 p.m. on Fridays and anytime on Saturdays and Sundays).
The area around the DFT is well-lit at night, with DIA security guards both on foot and in vehicles.
Ticket prices range from $6 to $7.50. General admission is $7.50. You pay $6.50 if you're a DIA member, a senior citizen, or a student (with ID). A five-ticket card costs $30 for an average ticket price of $6 (and also saves you time waiting in line).
The theater ticket box office opens one hour before a show starts (which is also when the Crystal Gallery Café opens). You can also buy tickets in advance. With every DFT ticket purchase, patrons receive vouchers for free parking on their next visit.
A mixture of new films from outside the United States, including subtitled foreign language movies; documentaries; independent American movies; and restored versions of old American and foreign films. Older films include retrospectives of directors like Akira Kurosawa (Japan), Louis Malle (France) and F.W. Murnau (Germany). Silent films are shown with accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra of Boston, pianist David Drazin of Chicago, or other musicians.
Films are shown in three seasons (winter/spring, summer, and fall). Films are shown on Fridays through Sundays, often with multiple films showing on the same day. Many Sunday afternoon films are accompanied by a 30-minute introduction to the film.
New schedules are published before each of the seasons. For more information about films, call (313) 833-3237.
Movie reviews and paid ads appear in the two Detroit newspapers (Free Press and News). Film information is regularly included in the entertainment listings of the Detroit newspapers.
Reviews of DFT films also appear in the weekly metrotimes.
This web site is not affiliated with the Detroit Film Theatre, the Michigan Theater, or the Redford Theatre.
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Launched November 25, 2005.
Last updated May 15, 2013.
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