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Redford Theatre This Neighborhood Movie Palace Is A Destination All Its Own

Redford Theatre

17360 Lahser Rd, 48219
  • Neighborhood: Northwest

Tags: old redford, movie theater, Redford Theatre, pipe organ, classic movies, 2-14-2014

Old Redford is an often overlooked neighborhood covering a little more than eight square miles, extending from the northwest corner of Grand River and Lahser. Yes, it’s actually within the city limits, despite the “Redford” name. Initially part of Redford Township, the neighborhood was annexed by Detroit in 1926. Two years later, in 1928, The Redford Theater opened. If you haven’t visited this neighborhood wonder yet, make a point of putting it on your bucket list right now.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theater was built in an Exotic Revival style architecture with Japanese motifs adorning the interior. The American Association of Architects named this one of Detroit’s ten best interiors. Its incredibly ornate, intricate designs rival the best downtown theaters. There’s even balcony seating, and the theater ceiling reveals a star-speckled night sky. No written description can really do it justice. You must see for yourself.

In 1977 the Redford was sold to the non-profit organization, Motor City Organ Society, who continues to direct this glamorous movie palace. Still in operation is the original Barton theater pipe organ. A popular fixture in movie houses between 1915 and 1933, the Redford’s organ is the only one of its kind still in its original setting in Detroit. Fewer than 40 remain in their original venue across the country. Nicknamed the “Golden-Voiced Barton” for the instrument’s distinctive sound, this impressive contraption is still used regularly to provide overture and intermission music.

Every other weekend, the Redford shows classic Hollywood movies. The bi-weekly repertory includes everything from silent movies to classic and obscure features from the 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and even the ‘90s. Each movie is preceded by a 30-minute concert, starting at 7:30 p.m. for 8 p.m. showings.

Prices at the Redford are very reasonable. Tickets cost $5-6, and on our most recent visit popcorn topped with real butter cost $1.50 (that is not a typo). Candy and soda were priced similarly. The box office only accepts cash, but you can purchase tickets online in advance with a credit card. Guarded, free parking is available adjacent to the theater.

Check the listing on their website for a complete list of upcoming films.


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