Detroit Movie Palaces
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Detroit Film Theatre
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In northwest Detroit, near Redford Township and the city of Southfield. The theater address is 17360 Lahser Road, just north of the intersection of Grand River and Lahser. The nearest freeways are I-96 (the Outer Drive exit), Southfield (the Grand River exit), and the Lodge (the Lahser exit). Telegraph Eight Mile, and Grand River are handy ways to drive to the Redford, which is between Six Mile (McNichols) and Seven Mile Roads.
The theater name comes from the surrounding Old Redford neighborhood that existed before that area was annexed by the city of Detroit in 1925.
Parking is free, and the parking lots are fenced, guarded and well-lit. If you arrive more than a half hour before the start of a movie, you'll probably find a good parking spot and also get to hear the entire pre-movie organ concert. Theater visitors to both matinee and evening shows range from senior citizens to families with small children.
For groups of visitors, space is reserved in front of the theater for the drop-off of patrons from buses, vans and other vehicles. Volunteers can guide visitors across the sidewalk to the theater.
Most movies are $7. Special movie presentations (for example, with a guest appearance) cost more. All tickets include a theater restoration fee.
Also available are advance tickets, group discounts, and gift certificates.
Old American movies, including a mixture of musicals, dramas, and comedies, like Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Some Like it Hot (1959). More recent films are sometimes shown, including Annie Hall (1977), Home Alone (1990), and Chicago (2002). Cartoons are shown before many of the movies.
Special movies are always shown in conjunction with Halloween and Christmas, and sometimes for Easter or St. Patrick's Day. A group of six Three Stooges one-reel movies are shown twice a year. Silent films (including comedies and dramas) are shown with accompaniment by the theater organ.
Films are shown year-round about every two weeks, usually on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and on Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. Organ concerts start at 1:30 p.m. for afternoon movies and at 7:30 p.m. for evening movies. Silent films with live accompaniment are often shown just once, on a Friday or Saturday night.
Schedules are published for each of the four-month film seasons, which start in January, May, and September.
The most popular movies appear about every five years. You can suggest a movie in the organ-shaped suggestion box in the outer lobby or on the theater website.
A paid ad appears in the movie listings of the two Detroit newspapers (Free Press and News). Film information is regularly included in the entertainment listings of the Detroit newspapers. Articles about special events sometimes appear in the Detroit newspapers.
For telephone information 24 hours a day, call 313-537-2560.
On the Web
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