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Look What's Coming!

Scale the heights of a great mountain as the DFT opens its autumn season with Meru, starting September 11.
A three-month Steven Spielberg tribute at the Michigan launches on September 14 with the chilling Duel.

The September—December season of the Redford begins on September 11 and 12 with The King and I.

 

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Detroit Film Theatre

Fact Sheet

Location * Parking * Ticket Prices * Films * Publicity * Web Site

Location

In the Cultural Center of Detroit, on the east side (or John R side) of the Detroit Institute of Arts building (the opposite side of the DIA from the Woodward Avenue entrance). The entrance to the theater is right by the John R drop off area for the DIA. John R runs one-way south, with the theater between I-94 and Warren.

Going home, the nearby intersection of Warren and I-75 provides quick access to I-94 and I-96. You can access I-10 from Warren west of Woodward. Woodward also lets you drive straight north or south from the DFT and the DIA.

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Parking

The DIA has a parking lot across John R from the theater that filmgoers can use for free, once they get a voucher with their ticket. Enter the parking lot on the west side from John R and exit on the east side onto Brush.

Street parking options help you park closer to the theater and/or position yourself for an easy exit. When using parking meters, make sure that you check the hours of enforcement, which vary during the different parts of the week.

The area around the DFT is well-lit at night, with DIA security guards both on foot and in vehicles.

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Ticket Prices

Ticket prices range from $6 to $8.50. General admission is $8.50. You pay $6.50 if you're a DIA member, a senior citizen, or a student with ID. A five-ticket card costs $30 for an average ticket price of $6 (and also saves you time waiting in line). Special events like the Saturday Animation Club, DFT 101, and the Cinetopia International Film Festival have different ticket prices.

The theater ticket box office opens one hour before a show starts (which is also when the Crystal Gallery Café opens). You can also buy tickets in advance. With every DFT ticket purchase, patrons receive a voucher for free parking in the John R lot on their next visit.

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Films

Type

A mixture of new films from outside the United States, including subtitled foreign language movies, documentaries, independent American movies, and restored versions of old American and foreign films. Older films include retrospectives of directors like Akira Kurosawa (Japan), Louis Malle (France) and F.W. Murnau (Germany). Silent films are shown with accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra of Boston, pianist David Drazin of Chicago, or other musicians.

Frequency

Films are shown in three seasons (winter/spring, summer, and fall). Films are usually shown on Fridays through Sundays, often with multiple films showing on the same day. You can craft your own double features, with a relaxed intermission in the Crystal Gallery Café.

New schedules are published before each of the seasons. For more information about films, call (313) 833-3237.

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Publicity

Movie reviews and paid ads appear in the two Detroit newspapers (Free Press and News). Film information is regularly included in the entertainment listings of the Detroit newspapers.

Reviews of DFT films also appear in the weekly metrotimes.

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Last updated August 31, 2015.

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