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Chaplin's City Lights Screens at Redford (May 1931)

May Looking Back: 1925 1931 1932 1956 1957 1981 1982

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The Cinetopia International Film Festival comes to the DFT and the Detroit Institute of Arts on June 3-5.
James Stewart sees a mystery in his Rear Window at the Redford on June 3-4.

Love & Friendship brings a Jane Austen novella to the screen of the Michigan starting May 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 historic 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 Theater in Ann Arbortalking 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 that you're seeing it for the first time.

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Launched November 25, 2005.

Last updated May 22, 2016.

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