Your Guide to Classic Movie Theater Filmgoing!
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Activities in the Ann Arbor area take many forms, including college life, high tech business, political activism, and sports excitement. For film lovers, the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor is a favorite destination.
The Michigan offers a wide variety of films that are shown every day of the year in at least one of two auditoriums (the Historic Auditorium (main theater) and the Screening Room). The many showtimes allow the Michigan to show the best selections of art film theaters, along with many other unique films.
If you enjoy the American independent, documentary and British films that appear at the Landmark Main and Maple Art Theatres, many of them also are shown at the Michigan. Foreign language films add to the strong international flavor of Ann Arbor. And old movie buffs can satisfy their cravings during summer, Christmas, and University of Michigan-sponsored film series.
A recent month of films at the Michigan included the mysterious Chinese drama, 2046, and the Belgian thriller Memory of a Killer. Also shown were the English language films Good Night, and Good Luck (American) and Separate Lies (British). Classic films included the Swedish Wild Strawberries (1957), the German Nosferatu (1922), and the American Badlands (1973). Rounding out the schedule were Dreammaker, directed by Ann Arbor resident Christina Morales Hemenway, and the family-friendly The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.
The programming of the Michigan extends a few hundred feet up Liberty Street, where the State Theater often picks up films whose runs have ended at the Michigan, but which are still in strong demand. The Michigan programs the films at the State, so the Michigan provides about four specialty films a day for Ann Arbor movie lovers. The double bill possibilities are intriguing, in an energetic downtown where your theater visit can also include a delicious dinner, a bookstore browse, or some coffee shop relaxation.
In 2006, the Michigan participated in a nationwide tribute to theaters that show art films. The tribute was run by the Sundance Institute which has hosted the Sundance Film Festival for more than 25 years. The Michigan showed a series of Sundance-related films that had been specially selected for local audiences.
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