Detroit Movie Hosts

When famous Detroit television movie host Bill Kennedy went to Hollywood in the early 1940s, he set in motion a chain of events that led to a very heartwarming and entertaining day at the Redford Theatre on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

On that day, the Redford presented a tribute to Kennedy, whose modest career in Hollywood led to a more successful second career as a popular movie show host on Detroit area television stations from 1956 to 1983.

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Holiday Cartoons

In the 20 years that I’ve regularly attended the Redford Theatre, Thanksgiving weekend has usually meant no movie as Redford volunteers busily set up the Christmas decorations that help attract many people to the theater at the end of each year.

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That’s Italian

Students of Italian film history have had much to enjoy at the Detroit Film Theatre this year.

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Mining History

Every time we watch a movie, our understanding and enjoyment of it are affected by our knowledge of film history. Two movies at the Detroit Film Theatre on September 10, 2017 educated me more about the histories of feature film animation and Italian movies.

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The Hitchcock Touch

Alfred Hitchcock’s last big critical and popular success was The Birds. This 1963 apocalyptic chiller was shown at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, August 6, 2017 as part of its Hitchcock Goes Hollywood series.

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Movies at the Senate

A restored neighborhood movie theater on the southwest side of Detroit is increasing the number of classic movies that you can see on the big screen in the Detroit area.

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A Festival of Festivals

The six-year-old Cinetopia Film Festival has always been promoted as a gathering place for movies from film festivals around the world.

This mission has given film lovers in southeastern Michigan access to cinematic wonders from the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, and other film festivals. Cinetopia has grown to the point where it can include smaller film festivals that could easily stand on their own, including the Arab American Film Festival.

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Silent Film Community

One of the great rewards of supporting historic theaters with classic film programs is the chance to see silent movies with live accompaniment. These performances are the product of a vibrant silent film community that has also helped to preserve silent movies through DVD recordings and restoration projects.

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Memories of War

A powerful new movie about World War I that I saw at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, May 28, 2017 added to my understanding of Memorial Day.

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Disney Milestones

The Detroit Film Theatre and the Redford Theatre recently celebrated the coming of spring with the two most significant feature films released by the Walt Disney studio during its founder’s lifetime.

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