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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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Festive Gatherings

Activities in the stage area of the Redford add to the fun of a visit. Organists are often surrounded by many people (including wide-eyed children), who admire both the organist's playing and the well-preserved beauty of the Barton organ. Before each film, a Redford volunteer enters a stage spotlight and warms up the crowd with an entertaining welcome to the theater and an introduction of the featured film.

The stage area has been used for many creative activities. A showing of The Italian Job (1969) included the driving of a Mini Cooper car across the stage. When Somewhere in Time (1980) was shown, members of that movie's fan club talked about how that film has developed a special following. A birthday salute to Elvis Presley included songs by an Elvis imitator.

Holidays are especially fun times at the Redford, with the organist playing appropriate tunes to enhance the festive atmosphere. Halloween always includes one or two classic horror movies, with both visitors and volunteers dressing up in costumes. A creatively creepy Halloween display appears in front of the stage.

Christmas always features several holiday film favorites, as well as a concert that often stars an organist who's played before movies. The orchestra pit area includes a large Christmas tree and a festively detailed model train set. As you walk out after the final December movie, a rich chorus of "Merry Christmas" greetings surround you as the Redford Theatre wraps up another fine year of fun.


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