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Live acoustic guitar accents the 1934 Japanese silent film A Story of Floating Weeds at the DFT April 18.
The National Theatre in London broadcasts the dramatic War Horse at the Michigan on April 23.

Laugh your head off at Three Stooges comedies from the 1930s and 1940s at the Redford on April 25 and 26.

 

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The Detroit area is blessed with three beautiful old movie theaters that were built in the 1920's and still show films—the Detroit Film Theatre in the Cultural Center of Detroit, the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor, and the Detroit Film TheatreRedford Theatre on the northwest side of Detroit.

These movie palaces provide much filmgoing enjoyment, from the cozy nostalgia of the Redford to the sophisticated elegance of the DFT to the Michigan's successful mixture of these and other styles in competitive downtown Ann Arbor.

If you see movies at just the local megaplex, the Detroit Movie Palaces will surprise you with unique programming and skillfully preserved architecture. You'll also find less food on the floor, less Michigan Theatertalking during movies, and you won't have to sit through 20 minutes of commercials and coming attractions.

Instead, you'll find organ concerts before films (Michigan and Redford), a café (DFT), raffle drawings (Redford), a gallery of local history (Michigan), and detailed program notes (DFT). And the theater balconies have dramatic views that you won't find in amphitheater auditoriums. The recent trend towards stand-alone theaters with massive lobbies and stadium seating tries to duplicate the grand Redford Theatreexperience of moviegoing that these movie palaces first created.

A visit to one of these theaters could help you discover a new kind of movie. You might get swept up in the spell of a foreign language film from a country that you've never visited. Or you could be captivated by a classic movie whose big screen details make you feel like you're seeing it for the first time.

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Launched November 25, 2005.

Last updated March 31, 2014.

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