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The King and the Mockingbird bring animated holiday fun to the DFT on December 19-21 and 27.
James Stewart discovers that It's a Wonderful Life at the Michigan on December 21.

Join Bing, Danny, Rosemary, and Vera-Ellen for a White Christmas at the Redford on December 19 and 20.

 

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Informative Schedules

The glossy, well-designed schedules of these theaters help filmgoers look forward to future events with curiosity and anticipation. You can savor the novelty of theaters with limited showings that help you plan your weekend (Redford and DFT). Or you can confidently expect that something interesting might be showing today or tomorrow (Michigan).

Both the DFT and Redford publish printed schedules that describe the entire current season, while the Michigan has weekly, monthly and film series schedules. As you wait for a movie to begin, you can pleasurably scan a schedule for upcoming films that might interest you. Stage announcements about future movies often stir up enthusiastic applause.

The web sites for each theater are valuable sources of information about upcoming events. They have become the first source of information about upcoming films and often provide more information than the printed publicity. The theaters have also taken full advantage of social media, with Facebook and Twitter sites.

Movie personalities come alive on more than just the screen at these theaters—sometimes they show up in person to talk about their work.

Visitors to the Redford have included Shirley Jones from The Music Man, Tippi Hedren from The Birds, and Zuzu from It's a Wonderful Life (Karolyn Grimes). One of the Jets of West Side Story (Harvey Evans) rumbled his way through a QA session at the Michigan. French film director Bertrand Tavernier fielded questions from DFT audience members in March 2003 and found himself in the middle of a spontaneous debate about the war in Iraq. The Cinetopia International Film Festival has brought many film personalities to the Michgan and DFT.

Local special interest groups have used these theaters to present unique films, including The Detroit Area Art Deco Society (Redford), University of Michigan Department of Screen Arts & Cultures (Michigan), and the documentary film organization Detroit Docs (DFT).

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