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Looking Back

October 1964

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in October 1964. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

For more information about these theaters, see Cinema Treasures or Water Winter Wonderland.


My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison opened in Detroit at the United Artists Theatre on October 28, 1964. It had earlier opened in New York City on October 21, 1964. At the United Artists, My Fair Lady succeeded The Visit (Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn).

"By George, they've got it!," wrote Al Holtz, Amusement Editor of The Detroit Daily Press on October 30, 1964. "Those who've maintained that Hollywood films aren't as good as they should be have finally been silenced-and silenced by a beguiling lady at that." (The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News were on strike on October 30, 1964)

Other downtown Detroit movies when My Fair Lady opened were Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke) at the Adams; It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World at the Cinerama Music Hall; Under Age and Diary of a Bachelor at the Fox; the Kennedy assassination documentary Four Days in November at the Grand Circus; Three Penny Opera (Curt Jürgens, Hildegarde Neff, Sammy Davis Jr.) at the Madison; Kisses for My President (Fred MacMurray, Polly Bergen) at the Michigan; and Fail Safe (Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy) at the Palms.

Also in town were Where Love Has Gone (Bette Davis, Susan Hayward) at the Royal; and Topkapi (Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell) at the Mercury. The Redford was screening The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell).

Art house films included Daniella by Night (Elke Sommer) and The Sins of Rose Bernd (Maria Schell) at the Coronet; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni) at the Studio; One Potato, Two Potato at the Studio North; and The Night of the Iguana (Richard Burton, Ava Gardner) at the Trans-Lux Krim.

My Fair Lady played at the United Artists for 59 weeks until December 14, 1965 before being replaced on December 25, 1965 with Walt Disney's That Darn Cat (Hayley Mills, Dean Jones).


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