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Silent Classic Wings at Redford (April 1982)

April Looking Back: 1931 1932 1943 1956 1957 1963 1981 1982

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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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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.

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

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Early Talkie era, with stage shows and orchestras.

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Peak years of moviegoing.

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

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1960s

The 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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