Your Guide to Classic Movie Theater Filmgoing!
Look What's Coming!
The soaring grandeur and fine detail of each theater means that you're not just consuming the latest offering from Hollywood at the local megaplex. And you'll enjoy the company of others who share your special interest in films that aren't topping the box office chart.
You'll be fascinated by the inspired design flourishes that decorate each theater. As you gaze around, you might see royal crests, mysteriously sculpted faces, or multi-colored mosaic patterns. Small, amber-toned lamps add an intimate texture, especially as they dim to reveal another cinematic entertainment. The areas under the balconies are particularly cozy, with their intimate acoustics and close view of the delicate ceiling designs.
And if you've visited only one of these theaters, many rewards await you at the others. Each movie palace has forged its own identity from its film selections, audience, and location. Visiting all of the theaters helps you appreciate each one's unique characteristics. And it's fun to compare the similarities, including the Barton theater organs at the Redford and Michigan, the seasonal schedules of the DFT and Redford, and the foreign and documentary films shown at the Michigan and DFT.
If the unique movies first attracted you to one of these theaters, you might develop new interests in such things as concert organs, film societies, theater architecture, old songs, movie theater companies, live events, or the activities of nearby colleges. The Motor City Theatre Organ Society runs the Redford and helped restore the Barton theater organ at the Michigan. The fund-raising effort by the DFT for its renovation helped educate visitors about the theater's architectural history.
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