Detroit Movie Palaces
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Detroit Film Theatre
Location * Parking * Ticket Prices * Films * Publicity * On the Web
In downtown Ann Arbor, at 603 East Liberty Street (between State and Division). Freeway access includes the Main Street exit from M-14, the State Street exit from I-94, and the Jackson Road exit from I-94.
The theater validates two hours of parking for theater members for the Liberty Square, Maynard, and Library Lane Parking Structures.
Liberty Square is the nearest of these structures to the Michigan. You can access this garage from Washington, which is one block north of Liberty. A pedestrian entrance to this garage is on Liberty, and it's only a short walk east to the theater (without having to cross a street). On Sunday, most of the garage is free all day.
Street parking in Ann Arbor street is a challenging and creative exercise. Parking meters are not enforced after 6 p.m., Sundays, and on many holidays, but good luck finding an empty parking space. If you cruise up and down Washington, you might find the open parking lot of a business that is closed in the evening. For the latest information on parking options, see the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Transportation web page.
Ticket prices range from $7.50 to $10.50. General admission is $10.50. You pay $8.50 if you are a student with a valid ID; a U.S. military veteran; or a senior citizen (65 and over). Michigan Theater members pay $8 for single tickets.
For weekday shows starting before 6 p.m. (except holidays), tickets are $7.50 for admission to all regular screenings.
Veterans are admitted for free on the Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July, and Veterans Day.
Membership benefits include free and discounted admission to films. These benefits extend to the State Theatre, which is owned by the Michigan.
Exceptions to the ticket pricing include film festivals and the Holiday Classic Film Series at Christmas time.
The ticket office opens 1/2 hour before a show starts.
Regular presentations include new American independent, foreign language, documentary, and British films. The University of Michigan presents thematic series of films that are sponsored by UM departments.
Short films from different sources are shown during the annual Ann Arbor Film Festival in March. Individual films are sponsored by special interest groups in the local college and business community.
Holiday-related movies are shown at Halloween and Christmas. A series of classic films is shown in the summer. The Family-Friendly Film Series has included movies like The Wizard of Oz, The Muppet Movie, and the Wallace and Gromit comedies.
Other movie events have included the filmed presentation of plays that were staged by the National Theatre in London. Other movies have included one-time showings by special interest groups like Doctors Without Borders, the Catholic Urban Project, and the Vada Murray Fund for Cancer Research.
Films are shown every day of the year in at least one of the three auditoriums (main theater, Screening Room or Annex). If the theater is hosting a live concert, only the Screening Room and Annex show movies.
Organ concerts start about 15 minutes before many of the films in the main theater and the Screening Room. The theater website lists the days when the different theater organists are playing.
A good source of information about the Michigan Theater is the monthly Current entertainment magazine, which is available for free in public places in the Ann Arbor area (including a sidewalk stand in front of the Michigan). It includes a paid ad for the Michigan that gives you a good overview of what's happening that month.
On Thursdays on WEMU-FM (89.1), Michigan Executive Director/CEO Russ Collins talks about movies in a weekly Cinema Chat. He also writes a movie-related column for annarbor.com.
For telephone information 24 hours a day, you can call 734-668-TIME (8463). For each movie at the theater, a recorded message tells you its starting time and the auditorium where it's playing (main theater, Screening Room, or Annex).
On the Web
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