Redford Theatre

17360 Lahser Road,
Detroit, MI 48219

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Redford Theatre

This 1928 Detroit neighborhood house was built to resemble a Japanese outdoor garden theater. The theater was opened by the Kunsky chain on January 27, 1928, with a seating capacity of 2,051. It was purchased by the Goldberg family in 1931 as part of their Community Theaters circuit.

The Motor City chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society 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 decor was altered in past decades, and the MCTOS have been working for many years to re-create what was lost.

Recently the theater 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.

Contributed by John Lauter, Oren Walther

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

allenfitz on November 2, 2005 at 7:16 am

As one of the people restoring the Redford I want to say thanks for all the complements. We still need your help. Bring all you friends to see the Redford.

Kaimannaa on January 2, 2007 at 3:12 pm

She’s a beautiful place. My husband and I were there all the time while dating and engaged. We really miss it now that we’re in PA! How is the artist’s space/lounge in the back doing? It was really exciting to get a peek at that.

TEWinkes on March 9, 2007 at 9:19 am

My wife and I saw “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” along with a Bugs Bunny cartoon last weekend. Four dollar? They should charge more!! The price at the concessions was great! The organ music before, at the intermission and the end was fantastic. WE WILL BE BACK!

William on October 9, 2007 at 5:00 pm

The Norelco DP-70 projectors (70MM/35mm) came from the former Summit Cinerama Theatre (aka: Cass Theatre) before that theatre was razed.

CSWalczak on October 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

An article about octagenarian former teacher Peggy Grimshaw, who knows to keep increasingly rare film prints coming to the Redford, can be read here.

DavidZornig on March 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Redford Theatre’s Facebook page has some photos. Copy & paste to view.

DWAtkinson on March 26, 2015 at 6:07 am

I was at The Redford last weekend. With the exception of the projection and sound problems, the show was great. Many noticed and I will bet few complained.

rivest266 on November 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm

January 22nd, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section. It was quite small.

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