Turn Back Time and Experience Classic Films at These Local Theaters

By: Scott Davis | February 21, 2018

From the overly buttered popcorn, to the large soda, and the glow of the screen, there’s

Photo Courtesy of Main Art Theatre

Photo Courtesy of Main Art Theatre

something magical about going to the movies. Sitting down for a couple hours and escaping your everyday life can be relaxing and rewarding. While modern day cinema can offer you plenty of thrills, there is something simplistic and peaceful about the notion of watching a classic film from another era on the big screen. It’s a different type of moviegoing experience, and luckily for metro Detroit cinephiles, there are plenty of local theaters that offer it. Here are five of those local theaters and a few upcoming classic films you won’t want to miss.

Main Art Theatre

Royal Oak’s Main Art Theatre is a three-screen cineplex where you can not only enjoy the best arthouse films around, but also catching a fun midnight movie on the weekends. Every Friday and Saturday, the theatre screens a classic movie that is sure to be fun to watch with a crowd. Upcoming movies include The Room, The Party, Detroit Rock City, and They Live. To see their full schedule, be sure to check out the schedule here.

The Redford Theatre

Redford Theatre

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Since 1928, the Redford Theatre has entertained metro Detroit moviegoers with decades worth of classic cinema. The theater continues that tradition by showing a wide range of fan favorite films each weekend. This weekend is billed as Paul Newman Weekend as they will show Cool Hand Luke, Hud, and Slap Shot. Upcoming movies include The Searchers, The Quiet Man, and Oklahoma! Be sure to check out the other fun screenings and events the theater has going on here.

The Michigan Theatre

The Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor often features the latest indie darlings and award contenders, but the theater also puts on film series highlighting classic films. Series that are currently running include Be Our Guest: The Films of Christopher Guest, Enter the Samurai, and A Decade of O-Scope: Celebrating 10 Years of Oscilloscope Films. The theater regularly announces film series for the upcoming month, so be sure to come back and check the website in March.

The Detroit Film Theatre

Detroit Film Theatre

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We’ve already highlighted the Academy Award nominated short film series at the DIA, but the Detroit Film Theatre regularly highlights little seen classic films. Upcoming screenings include Rabbit in the Moon, The Seventh Seal, and Legend of the Mountain. The theatre also hosts special events, such as the upcoming Voices of Light, so be sure to check the schedule for that.

Senate Theater

The Senate Theater in downtown Detroit is one of the area’s last remaining 1920’s movie houses that show films accompanied by an organ. The 800-seat theater screens some of the most influential silent movies of all-time, including this weekend’s The Philadelphia Story. The theater also hosts an Anime Fest, Technicolor Musicals, and Super Soul Series offering a wider range of films.