Redford Theatre

17360 Lahser Road,
Detroit, MI 48219

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Redford Theatre

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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

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 18, 2008 at 6:12 pm

This website has photos of the Redford Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

This is a photo of the interior.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2009 at 9:58 am

Here is a recent photo of the Redford.

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.

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