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Redford Theatre (photo credit ClickOnDetroit.com)

Redford Theatre

Detroit, Michigan, United States

First Opened: 27th January 1928 (94 years ago)

Atmospheric Style: Japanese

Architects: Verner, Wilhelm and Molby

Website: www.redfordtheatre.com Link opens in new window

Address: 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI 48219 Link opens in new window


Overview

The Redford Theatre was opened by the Kunsky Theatres chain on 27th January 1928. The auditorium was designed in an atmospheric style to resemble a Japanese outdoor garden theatre. The original seating capacity was 2,051 (now 1,581). It is equipped with a Barton 3-manual, 10-rank theatre organ.

In 1931 the theatre was purchased by the Goldberg family as part of their Community Theaters circuit.

The Motor City chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society Link opens in new window (MCTOS) took over operation of the Redford Theatre in 1974, and purchased the building in 1977. Since that time the all-volunteer staff has run it as a classic films/rental/stage show/organ concert venue. Much of the original Japanese Atmospheric style décor was altered during World War II, and the MCTOS Link opens in new window have been working for many years to re-create what was lost.

Recently the theatre has a new computerized light board and new historically accurate seats. Restoration is continuing as funds and time permit. The classic film series shows a different film every other weekend, plus music played on the Barton organ.

Further Reading

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Photos of the Redford Theatre

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Photos
Redford Theatre: Auditorium from Balcony Center, courtesy <i>Metro Detroit</i>
Auditorium from Balcony Center, courtesy Metro Detroit
Redford Theatre: Auditorium at main floor level, courtesy <i>Redford Theatre</i>
Auditorium at main floor level, courtesy Redford Theatre
Redford Theatre: Exterior, courtesy <i>Metro Detroit</i>
Exterior, courtesy Metro Detroit
Redford Theatre: Auditorium from Balcony, courtesy Flickr user <i>Wading in Big Shoes</i>
Auditorium from Balcony, courtesy Flickr user Wading in Big Shoes


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