Since 1906, when the first commercial movie theater, The Casino, opened in Detroit, metro Detroiters have had a love affair with cinema. Today you’ll find it difficult to find traces of that history.
Once such exhibit was “Detroit : The ‘Reel’ Story,” which ran in 2007, at the Detroit Historical Museum . It explored the city’s connection to moving pictures, featuring such important venues as the Fox Theatre, the Detroit Opera House, Rosebud, Comique, Royale and others. (1)
Yes, those days are perhaps behind the metropolitan area. However, you can still find places that keep the excitement of movies alive.
If you’re looking for a movie experience that takes you back to those early days, the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser in Detroit , plays classic movies and gives a vintage experience. There’s even organ music, too. When possible, check out one of their silent movie specials or The Three Stooges. The theatre opened in 1928, and though it isn’t exactly a museum, the place gives the visitor the impression of stepping through time. (2)
Never underestimate the comic book specialty shop, either. Most have to specialize in more than just comics to keep the doors open. Back to the Past, 12670 Inkster Rd. in Redford has an eye towards classic cinema. Sure, they’ve got plenty of comic books new and old, but even more striking, is the variety of movie memorabilia items. You’ll find classic movie posters, magazines, toys, and more. Each week, someone drops off something unique.
Sure, you’ll be hard-pressed to find all this history in one spot, but if we’re lucky, someone – maybe a movie star or a Charles Foster Kane-like individual – will deem it completely necessary to have a movie museum in metro Detroit . There certainly was a time when Detroiters thought there’d never be casinos in the city.
Metro Detroit already has the script…it just needs a director with vision, and perhaps, an all-star cast.
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