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The Film Programs of the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre

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Sophia Loren Stars in Detroit (July 1957)

July Looking Back: 1931 1932 1948 1956 1957 1962 1981 1982

Look What's Coming!

Stars of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory appear with the movie at the Redford on July 17, 18, and 19.
You'll believe you can fly with the Sunshine Superman at the DFT starting July 24.

Organist Andrew Rogers accompanies Buster Keaton in The General at the Michigan on July 26 and 28.

 

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Preserving History

The DFT, Michigan and Redford started taking their current shape in the 1970s. The vision and commitment of many special individuals gave area film lovers alternatives to the mall-based multiplexes that were sprouting across the land.

This multiplex trend had threatened the Redford and the Michigan with the demolition or changed usage that happened to many other old movie theaters in the 1960s and 1970s. The DFT took advantage of the growing interest after World War II in foreign language films and international movie stars. You can further explore the histories of these theaters in their websites, which include timelines, photos, and essays.

Since 2000, these theaters have taken important steps towards both restoring their original beauty and modernizing for the 21st century.

At the Michigan, the look of the original marquee was restored; the original ceiling in the concession area was uncovered; and a second auditorium was added (the Screening Room). The Redford has new, more historically authentic seats; the outer lobby has been renovated; and new carpeting was laid down. Remodeling at the DFT included new applications of gold and silver leaf; re-painted walls; more comfortable seats; new carpeting; cleaning of the outside walls; and the overhaul of the climate control system.

Because of the personal commitments needed to keep these theaters going, the staff and volunteers have a much more public face than what you see at mainstream theaters. You might make some new friends! Your patronage helps you share in the deep pride and passion that motivate the theater workers.

Each theater has volunteer and membership programs that help you become more involved in the theater's activities. Donations to the theaters are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your interest in these theaters. Your support makes a tremendous difference in helping these classic movie palaces survive and thrive. To further explore the fascinating details of each theater, click on the links to the left.

 


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