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Oscar Best Picture Nominees at Michigan (May 1931)

May Looking Back: 1925 1931 1932 1956 1957 1981 1982

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Looking Back

Step back in time to see what area theaters were presenting in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

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

1920s

Michigan Theater and Redford Theatre open in January 1928, as the silent movie era ends.

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1930s

Early Talkie era, with stage shows and orchestras.

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1940s

Peak years of moviegoing.

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Movies face challenge of TV with widescreen, color, 3-D, and drive-ins.

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1960s

Final glory days of the downtown movie theater district.

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1970s

Detroit Film Theatre opens in January 1974.

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1980s

Early years of current programming.

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