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The Detroit Theater Organ Society is hosting a bike ride and screening of ‘Easy Rider’ to support the effort

Photo by Aaron Mondry

Like classic movies and biking? Then you should definitely attend a June 9 community fundraiser in support of the Senate Theater.

The 1926 theater on Michigan Avenue is run by the Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS), which purchased the building in 1963 and has been steadily revamping it—the theater even began screening movies again after a 50-year hiatus in 2013. The society also owns one of the world’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organs and relocated it to the theater.

Poster by Anthony Franchina

Now DTOS is looking to redo the marquee and is having a bike-themed fundraiser to support the effort. DTOS says it’s raised $60,000 towards its goal of $160,000.

On Sunday, June 9 beginning at 3 p.m., there will be a bike ride down Michigan Avenue leaving from Detroit Moped Works—bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, and all forms of two-wheeled transportation are encouraged to participate. Rides are being organized and supported by local businesses Clutch & Throttle and Metropolis Cycle, and Wheelhouse Detroit will provide free bicycle valet upon arrival at the theater.

Doors open at 4 p.m. for a community hang-out that will include music, drinks, and a raffle. An organ overture starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by a screening of the 1969 classic Easy Rider at 6 p.m.

Admission is only $5. The day is sponsored by Detroit Moped Works, Dos Cycles, and Dearborn Music.