As a pretty big movie buff, I often find myself going to a show. There always seems to be a movie theater close by, so why wouldn’t I go laugh at a comedy or scare myself silly whilst viewing a horror film (yes, I actually enjoy those)?
Now, don’t get me wrong here, I enjoy watching mainstream movies at the “chain” movie theaters as much as the next guy, but what if I told you that Metro Detroit is all about independent movie theaters as well? Independent theaters often play movies that you won’t see in many other place nowadays. A lot of older films are shown, including foreign films, silent films, cult classics and documentaries, to name a few.
I am feeling rather giving today, so guess what I am going to do for you? Give you information on some local independent theaters! You’re welcome in advance.
Michigan Theater is located at 603 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor. Opening in 1928, it is definitely one of southeast Michigan’s finest and most recognizable theaters. With multiple movies pretty much daily, you’re bound to find a film that entices you. The Michigan Theater offers two screening rooms: the Historic Auditorium and the Screening Room. The Historic Auditorium seats up to 1,700, while the Screening Room is a more intimate venue, seating only 200. This theater often plays host to the Ann Arbor Film Festival. You can also visit the State Theatre.
Detroit Film Theatre is part of the Detroit Institute of Arts. It is currently closed for the summer for renovations but will open back up in October better than ever. With that being said, the DFT is not leaving its fans hanging. While the construction workers are tearing things down and using power tools to build a beautiful new auditorium, DFT will be showing movies outside. What is better than watching a movie outdoors? Not much. “Movies at the Metroparks” will take place on select days in August. “Godzilla The Japanese Original” and “A Hard Day’s Night” will be screened in three Metroparks: Kensington Metropark (Aug. 1 through 2), Stony Creek Metropark (Aug. 8 through 9) and Willow Metropark (Aug.15 through 16). DFT will also be participating in the Toronto Film Festival in September!
Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave. in Plymouth is the one nearest and dearest to my heart on this list since I often visit Downtown Plymouth. The Penn officially opened in late 1941 and has been going strong ever since (besides a brief closure from 2003 to 2006). It screens current second run movies, independent films, classic films and more. It also has film festivals and live music from time to time. I also feel the need to inform you that “Jurassic Park” will be screened there on Thursday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.! Who doesn’t love that film? I sure do. Did I mention all movies are only $3?
Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lasher Rd. in Detroit. It is also the home of the Motor City Theatre Organ Society. The Redford Theatre opened in January 1928 and has been in continuous operation ever since. On the third day of August, a screening of “Best in Show” will play, followed by a meet and greet with actor from the movie and improv comedian Fred Willard. Tickets are only $6! Each regular movie showing is preceded by a 30 minute concert on the Barton organ. Movies and music, two great things for the price of one! Free and supervised parking for the movies is available immediately north of the building. Check out the upcoming schedule.
Do you ever wonder why some places spell it theater and others spell it theatre? I know I do, but according to my AP Stylebook, theater is the term to use in writing unless “Theatre” is part of the proper name (which is the case with the majority on my list). There is your journalistic writing tip of the day.
Now that you are familiar with a few independent movie theaters (and there are many more in the area), enjoy a film you haven’t seen in a while for a cheaper price. Go support your local economy, people. Oh, and don’t forget the popcorn!