Detroit isn’t known for its plethora of movie theatre options, but one place to catch an old classic is a classic theatre itself: the Redford Theatre in northwest Detroit. Curbed’s video team recently visited the theatre to capture the restoration and the historic Barton Organ.
The volunteer-run theatre regularly plays old movies on the weekends. Built in 1928, the theatre was a popular place to see silent movies in Detroit. It saw a decline after World War II, and volunteers with the Motor City Theatre Organ Society took on the theatre in mid-1960s in order to save the historic Barton Theatre Pipe Organ. To this day, the organ is played before movies and at intermission. In the decades since, the Japanese-inspired murals and motifs have been restored, as well as the lobby and more. The theatre houses over 1,600 seats for movie-goers.
It’s truly a unique cinematic experience that’s still volunteer-run. Upcoming movie showings can be found here.