Explore the Redford Theatre, a restored Detroit movie palace


Detroit isn’t known for its abundance of cinema options, but one place to see an old classic is a classic theater itself: the Redford Theater in northwest Detroit. Curbed’s video team recently visited the theater to capture the restoration and historic Barton organ.

The volunteer-run theater regularly plays old films on the weekends. Built in 1928, the theater was a popular place to watch silent films in Detroit. There was a decline after World War II, and Motor City Theater Organ Society volunteers took over the theater in the mid-1960s to save the historic Barton Theater Pipe Organ. The organ is still played before films and during intermission. In the decades since then, the Japan-inspired murals and motifs, as well as the lobby and more, have been restored. The theater offers over 1,600 seats for cinema-goers.

It really is a unique movie theater experience that is still run by volunteers. You can find upcoming film screenings here.


Dusty Kennedy