Get the Reel Story in Detroit
DETROIT, MI — A new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum highlights Detroit movie theaters with a large selection of memorabilia.
Long gone are the days of getting dressed up to see a movie downtown, at a theater where patrons were greeted by a doorman and a full orchestra added live music to the mix.
But that era — and the decades of local movie-going that followed — are preserved by “Detroit: The ‘Reel’ Story,” a new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum that traces the history of Detroit movie theaters from the early part of the 20th century to today.
Curator Michael Hauser of Detroit — who loaned many of the items on display — created the exhibit after working on the recent book “Detroit’s Downtown Movie Palaces” with DHM curator of collections Marianne Weldon. He said viewers can see how theaters evolved and how local history, architecture, promotions and graphics changed with the times.
With an in-depth look into suburban theaters as well, this seems like a very comprehensive exhibit that should not be missed.