The Fox Recommends: The Redford Theatre
August 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Redford Theatre opened on January 27, 1928, was billed as “America’s Most Unique Suburban Playhouse”, and has been continuously entertaining movie goers ever since. When plans were drawn up for the theatre, silent movies were still in their heyday, so a Barton Theatre organ was installed and can still be heard before shows and during intermissions – this is one of only two original organs remaining in theatres in the Detroit area. This 3 Manual/10 Rank Golden-Voiced Barton Theatre Pipe Organ was built by the Bartola Musical Instrument Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and remains virtually unchanged after 86 years of use. Owned and operated by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society since 1977, the theatre has been under near-constant renovation, and offers an awesome lineup of classic movies year-round.
Recently The Fox journeyed to The Redford for a showing of Some Like It Hot, the Billy Wilder classic featuring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Voted AFI’s top American comedy of all time, Some Like It Hot follows the riotous journey of two Chicago musicians escaping the long arms of a 1929 mob boss by cross-dressing to join an all-female jazz band on its way to Florida.
It was a joy to see this film brought to life on the big screen in such a fantastic and beautiful theatre. Make sure to continue your journeys below 8 Mile, to enjoy all that Detroit has to offer and to discover hidden gems like The Redford Theatre.
The Handsome Fox © 2014