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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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Opening Dates for Famous Movies

The following famous films opened on these dates in New York City, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. Movie titles are linked to the Looking Back pages for the month that the film opened in Detroit.

Movie

NYC

Detroit

Ann Arbor

Suds

6/27/20 (Strand)

9/6/20 (Regent)

7/4/20 (Arcade)

He Who Gets Slapped

11/9/24 (Capitol)

1/18/25 (Adams)

3/22/25 (Majestic)

The Last Laugh

1/25/25 (Rivoli)

5/2/25 (Broadway-Strand)

5/5/25 (Hill Auditorium)

The Cat and the Canary

9/9/27 (Colony)

8/14/27 (Madison)

10/9/27 (Majestic)

A Night at the Opera

12/6/35 (Capitol)

11/15/35 (Michigan)

12/8/35 (Michigan)

The Wizard of Oz

8/17/39 (Capitol)

8/24/39 (United Artists)

Unknown

Gone with the Wind

12/19/39 (Astor and Capitol) (opened in Atlanta on 12/15/39)

1/25/40 (United Artists and Wilson)

3/29/40 (Majestic)

The Grapes of Wrath

1/24/40 (Rivoli)

3/1/40 (Fox)

5/5/40 (Wuerth)

The Great Dictator

10/15/40 (Astor and Capitol)

3/14/41 (Michigan)

4/20/41 (Majestic)

Casablanca

11/26/42 (Hollywood)

4/9/43 (Michigan)

3/28/43 (Michigan)

Christmas in Connecticut

7/27/45

9/14/45 (Palms State)

10/21/45 (Michigan)

It's a Wonderful Life

12/21/46 (Globe)

12/31/46 (Palms)

3/9/47 (State)

Miracle on 34th Street

6/4/47 (Roxy)

8/22/47 (Fox)

8/3/47 (Michigan)

Easter Parade

6/30/48 (Loew's State)

7/16/48 (Adams)

8/22/48 (Michigan)

From Here to Eternity

8/5/53 (Capitol)

9/4/53 (Madison)

9/24/53 (Michigan)

Roman Holiday

8/27/53 (Radio City Music Hall)

10/30/53 (Michigan)

10/11/53 (Michigan)

White Christmas

10/14/54 (Radio City Music Hall)

10/28/54 (Michigan)

11/3/54 (Michigan)

West Side Story

10/18/61 (Rivoli)

2/14/62 (Madison)

10/25/62 (State)

The Music Man

8/23/62 (Radio City Music Hall)

7/20/62 (Michigan)

7/27/62 (Michigan)

The Birds

3/28/63 (RKO Palace and Sutton)

4/4/63 (Palms)

5/5/63 (Michigan)

Jaws

6/20/75 (many theaters)

6/20/75 (Vogue and six suburban theaters)

6/20/75 (State)

 

 

 

 

 


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