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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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Dramatic Architecture

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 language, documentary, and independent 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, political movements, or the activities of nearby colleges. All three theaters are important parts of the arts community in this area. Interrelationships have developed between the theaters and other organizations that have benefited all concerned.

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Launched November 25, 2005.

Last updated March 31, 2014.

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