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You step back in time when you visit the Redford Theatre in northwest Detroit. The Redford specializes in the old American movies that you often see on the Turner Classic Movies cable TV channel. Before each movie, audiences enjoy the theater organ that was part of the Redford when it opened in 1928. A feeling of cozy nostalgia comes from the lobbies, the winding staircases, and the rolling lights of the marquee.
And the cost of attending the Redford also melts away the years. Most movies cost just $5, and you can walk away from the concession stand with a soft drink and popcorn for just $3. The affordability and the classic movies make the Redford a very family-friendly theater.
Another unique feature of the Redford is the intermission, when you hear about 20 minutes more of the organ, whose lush sounds fill the theater. It's fun to compare the song selections and playing styles of the different organists. You might hear smooth renditions of easy listening favorites; bouncy versions of old television theme songs; or skilled interpretations of classical pieces. And you're always welcome to sing along!
Intermission is also a good time to hit the concession stand; buy a 50-50 raffle ticket to support the theater; or just mingle and people-watch (or architecture-gaze!). Few activities make the work week seem farther away than a Saturday night intermission at the Redford.
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