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June 1981

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in June 1981. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

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


With the Detroit Film Theatre on summer vacation, art film lovers enjoyed the Australian film Breaker Morant at the Maple 1-2-3 in Bloomfield Hills and at the Ann Arbor Theater (5th and Liberty). Also showing at the Maple was the Russian film Oblomov, while the Ann Arbor Theater screened a popular film from the most recent DFT season—Bye Bye Brazil.

At the Michigan Theatre, the Classic Film Theatre handled all of the programming in June 1981. The spotlight hit directors Francois Truffaut (The Wild Child (1970), The Man Who Loved Women (1977) and Two English Girls (1971)) and Alfred Hitchcock (The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935) and Secret Agent (1936)).

Double bills of films starring prominent current actors also were featured at the Michigan. Al Pacino starred in Serpico (1973) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975), while Gene Wilder appeared in Silver Streak (1976) and The Producers (1968).

On June 12, the Redford presented Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in The Girl of the Golden West (1938). Two weeks later, Basil Rathbone was on the case in Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw (1944) and Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943). A Giant Garage Sale at the Redford on June 5 and 6 promised "Hundreds of Bargains!"

All of these theaters tried their best to compete with the flood of new summer movies, which included For Your Eyes Only, The Cannonball Run, Superman II and (biggest of all) Raiders of the Lost Ark.


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