Showing posts with label Movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Movies. Show all posts

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Drive-In Movies Come to Downtown Detroit

Drive-in movie theatres have definitely made a comeback during the pandemic, and one is about to make its way to Downtown Detroit. The Monroe Street Drive-In will make its debut this Friday night at the intersection of Monroe Street and Farmer Street. They will be kicking things off with an older favorite, the original Jurassic Park from 1993. Next on the lineup for Saturday night is Shrek, followed by Back to the Future on Sunday night. 

After this weekend, the plan is to have movies at the drive-in Thursday through Sunday night. The cost is $20 per vehicle and guests are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online here. There may be some tickets sold at the gate as well, but it's best to play it safe and buy yours in advance. Each night, the movie is set to start at 7 p.m. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and you have to be in the lot, parked in your assigned spot no later than 15 minutes before the movie starts. Then, tune your FM dial to the designated station, and kick back and watch your favorite flick. 

There will be concessions available at a tent on site during the movie. Or, if you want to make a night of it and do dinner and a movie, you can order delivery from one of your favorite nearby restaurants. Just place an order through Grub Hub, UberEats, DoorDash, or whatever your preferred delivery app is, then put the address as 815 Bates St., Detroit, MI 48226. Make sure you also put your parking stall number in the notes. Once your food arrives, one of the Come Play Detroit ambassadors will bring your delivery right to your vehicle. The theatre does ask that you please make sure to place your orders by 8 p.m. to make sure that you will get your food while the movie is still playing. Outside food is also permitted, but grills will not be allowed. 

The Monroe Street Drive-In expects patrons to practice social distancing while on site and wear a mask when outside of your vehicle. They also ask that if you do plan to visit the concession stand, just send one person from your party to buy your treats. There will also be restroom trailers on site if you need them, but please wear your mask and social distance while there as well. For a full list of rules and for more information on this new drive-in theatre, click here

Monroe Street Drive-In is a collaboration between Emagine Theatres and Bedrock Detroit.


Friday, October 23, 2020

Hocus Pocus at the Redford Theatre

Life definitely isn't back to normal yet, but more businesses are reopening their doors. One of those businesses is the beloved Redford Theatre. The theatre officially reopened this past Friday with a showing of Young Frankenstein and their next movie is a favorite for many: Hocus Pocus

The historic theatre will be showing Hocus Pocus on Friday, October 30th. Capacity for the movie will be limited to 300 people, which is less than 20% of the capacity. Patrons will also be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. The concession stand will also look a little different, because they won't be selling popcorn. But, there will be other snacks available, including salty substitutes. You can find out more about the theatre's COVID-19 guidelines here

Since admission to the theatre will be limited, make sure you pick up your tickets in advance. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online here


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Celebrate October Nights at Bagley Central

2020 has been hard on the food, drink, and entertainment industries. Everyone has had to find a new way to keep their doors open but some spots are having a harder time than others. Small local bars like Bagley Central have not been able to safely reopen, so they have had to find new ways to stay afloat. They have been making special to go cocktails every weekend for the last few months, but they are ready to do a little bit more. 

They have just announced a  new socially distanced hangout called "October Nights". These nights will feature an outdoor tent and a cool breeze blowing through the gallery while you enjoy some spooky Halloween classics on the big screen. They will also have some food popups stopping by throughout the next few weeks, the first of which will be Pizza Plex on Friday, October 23rd. To stay up to date on who is popping up and what movies are playing you can follow Bagley Central on Facebook or Instagram

October Nights are planned for the next two weekends. They also have some other socially distance events on the horizon, so make sure to stay in the loop!


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Loving Touch Public Domain Horror Cinema Guild

Things are getting spooky at The Loving Touch! You may not be able to see a Halloween cover show at the Ferndale venue this fall, but you can get in the Halloween spirit with some classic horror films. The Loving Touch will be transforming into a movie theatre and playing public domain horror films throughout the remainder of this month. The lineup includes classics like Night of the Living Dead, House on Haunted Hill, and Nosferatu. Check out the full lineup below:

Movie nights at The Loving Touch are free to attend, but reservations are required. Just head over to the website here and you can reserve a picnic table for 2, barstools for 2, a hightop table for 3, or a large table for 6 or 7. The movies are only open to those 21+ and the showtime is 9 p.m. nightly. 


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Outdoor Movie Night at the Redford Theatre with The Three Stooges

We could all use a good laugh right now with all of the craziness going on in the world. And since the weather is still nice, your friends at the Redford Theatre have decided to host a fun outdoor movie night this Friday night! They will be showing classic episodes from The Three Stooges as well as some cartoons out in their parking lot. The lineup for the evening includes "Disorder In The Court" (1936), "Sing a Song of Six Pants" (1947), "Brideless Groom" (1947), and "Malice In The Palace" (1949). 

Tickets are required for this event and are limited to allow for social distancing. You can pick yours up for just $10 here.  There are also some guidelines in place to make sure this is a safe and fun event for all. 

  • We kindly ask that any guest who has a fever or is experiencing any Covid-19-like symptoms refrain from coming to our theatre.
  • If a guest has knowingly been in contact with any individuals who have been diagnosed with Coronavirus, we ask that you self-quarantine and avoid the theatre.
  • If a guest has purchased tickets and has experienced any symptoms related to Covid-19, you may request a refund.
  • Redford Theatre volunteers will all wear masks, wash hands every 30-60 minutes, and undergo health and temperature screening before serving our patrons.
  • All guests must wear a face mask whenever not seated that secures behind the ears and head. Valve masks and neck gaiters will not be allowed.
  • Masks may be removed while seated to enjoy items from our concession stand, but please replace masks when done drinking/eating.
  • Social distancing must be observed, and you must sit 8 feet from anyone who is not in your immediate party/household. Capacity will be reduced to ensure this is possible.
  • No alcohol.

Gates will open at 7 p.m. for this event. The pre-show starts at 7:30 and the movie begins at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on because no seating will be provided. For more information on this fun event, click here.  


Monday, December 4, 2017

See Your Favorite Holiday Film at The Redford Theatre!

If you're looking to get in the holiday spirit, you have to make your way to the Redford Theatre this December! Every weekend this month, the historic theatre is playing your favorite Christmas movies on their big screen. The season kicked off this past weekend with Home Alone and A Christmas Story, but don't worry, there are still plenty of great Christmas classics for you to check out this month.

Coming up on Saturday, December 9th, you have a chance to catch two festive flicks. Elf, starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel will be showing at 8 p.m. But first, there will be a matinee showing at The Polar Express at 2 p.m. There will also be a matinee showing of The Polar Express on Sunday at 2 p.m. The weekend of December 15th and 16th, you have three chances to see White Christmas. It will be shown on Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., as well as a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, December 17th there will be a mystery movie shown at 2 p.m. All the theatre is telling us is that it's a "classic holiday movie with a romantic holiday theme". What could it be? Last, but not least, the weekend before Christmas you can see It's A Wonderful Life on Friday and Saturday, December 22nd and 23rd at 8 p.m. and also on the 23rd at 2 p.m.

This is an absolutely great way to get in the mood for the holidays! The ambiance of the theatre is amazing, plus carols are played by the organ player before the film and during intermission and there's a super cute Christmas village set up in front of the stage. Tickets for all shows are only $5 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also buy tickets at the box office the night of the show, as long as it doesn't sell out. Make sure you bring extra money for concessions and souvenirs too! Both are super affordable!

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road in Detroit. For a full list of upcoming events and to learn more about the theatre, head to


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Get Spooky at the Cinema this Weekend

If you want to get in the Halloween spirit this weekend, but you're not too into costumes or cover shows, maybe seeing a spooky flick on the big screen is more your style! Some of the movie theatres around town are playing your favorite creepy classics this weekend, from Rocky Horror Picture Show to Psycho.

First on our list is Alfred Hitchock's Psycho, playing at The Redford Theatre. The classic thriller will be shown on Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and there is also a matinee screening on Saturday at 2 p.m Tickets for the show are only $5 and can be purchased in advance here. Don't forget to get there early to hear the eerily beautiful sounds of the Barton Organ before the show!

Also showing at The Redford Theatre this weekend is Halloween. The 1978 film featuring Michael Myers will be shown at a special late night screening at 11:30 p.m. Tickets for this movie are also only $5, you can purchase yours in advance here.

If fishnets and fun is more your thing, you can also check out The Rocky Horror Picture Show this weekend. This fan favorite is playing at Cinema Detroit on Friday, Saturday and on Halloween night. There are showings at 10 p.m. each night, as well as 7:45 on Friday and Tuesday, and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Costumes are encouraged, but there are some rules to follow at these showings. You can get that info and pick up tickets here. You can also check out Rocky Horror at the Main Art's Midnight Madness on Friday and Saturday night. For more info on that, click here.

Head to the Senate Theatre if you want to howl at the moon with American Werewolf in London. The theatre will be playing this film on Friday night at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $5 and doors open at 7 p.m.

On Saturday night the Senate will be playing a double feature, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. This is about as classic as it gets! The movies will start at 8 p.m. and admission to see these two films is $10. For more info, click here


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's a Wonderful Life at the Redford Theatre

If you're looking for a great way to get in the Christmas spirit this weekend, the Redford Theatre has you covered. They are playing one of the best Christmas classics of all time, It's a Wonderful Life

We all get a little down from time to time, and George Bailey (played by James Stewart) is no different. He's at the end of his rope, but just in time, his guardian angel shows him what the world would be like without him. Sure, it's not the cheeriest of Christmas movies, but it reminds us to be thankful and just how wonderful life is.

You have four chances to watch this film on the big screen at the Redford this weekend. It will be shown on Friday, December 18th at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $7 and they can be purchased in advance here. Don't forget to get there early to hear the organ player and to get your picture taken with Santa! Doors and the box office will open about an hour before showtime. 

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser in Detroit. For more info, head over to 


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer 2015 @ New Center Park

Every summer New Center Park hosts all sorts of events to entertain you. They have movie nights on Wednesdays and Fridays and live music on various nights throughout the season.

New Center Park is kicking off their 2015 season this week. First, on Wednesday, June 3rd, they will be showing the Michigan made film Detroit Unleadeda modern day love story that takes place in a 24 Hour Gas Station in Detroit. Then, New Center is kicking off their live music showcase right on Thursday night with Detroit blues singer Thornetta Davis. And on Friday night, bring the whole family out to watch Buzz, Woody and their friends under the stars in Toy Story. Some other highlights from this season are Grand Budapest Hotel (June 10th), a performance by Mic Write (June 18th), Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (July 22nd), The Nightmare Before Christmas (July 31st), and The Godfather (August 26th). To see the full schedule for 2015, click here.

New Center Park is located at 2998 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Admission to events at the park is free. On movie nights, seating begins at 8 p.m., with the film starting between 9 & 9:30 p.m. Concert times vary and are listed on the event page here. There are some tables and chairs available, but you can also bring a blanket to cozy up on. Food and drinks (even adult beverages) are served on site, so outside food & drinks are not permitted during events. However, this is a park. So feel free to come by to eat lunch or have a picnic when there isn't an event going on! For all of the other need to know details on New Center Park, head over to their website and "like" them on Facebook.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Keep it Detroit Even When You're Staying In: Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now!

Living in Michigan means snow, lots of snow. Sometimes it gets so rough out there that staying in and watching a movie seems a lot more appealing than going out on the town. If you find yourself more attracted to the couch than the bar, but still want to add some Detroit into your night, watch one of these following movies, all of which are currently on Netflix. Each one will add a little Detroit into your night without leaving the couch. Some are "set in Detroit" and some were actually filmed in Detroit. All of them are worth a watch!

RoboCop - The Original 1987
The Original RoboCop was a pretty solid film.  I watched it over and over as a kid and found that it held up as an adult. I used to get scared when I watched it, now it will more than likely just make you laugh. If you haven't watched it in the last ten years, I highly suggest revisiting this one.

Detroit 9000 - 1973
This is a film about two cops in 1970s Detroit. It has some vintage shots of the Renaissance Center and is hailed by Quentin Tarantino as one of his all time favorites.

The Crow - 1994
I'm not ashamed to admit that this is one of my all time favorite movies. It's a love story, it's dark, and the lead character died while shooting the film. The film takes place on Devil's Night in Detroit and has a killer soundtrack. If you haven't seen it, you must. And if you haven't seen it lately, give it another watch. It not only holds up, but it will bring back some good memories of my favorite decade, the '90s.

Detropia - 2012
This is a documentary about the struggles Detroit has faced after the collapse of the manufacturing businesses. You will see some familiar sites and it will make you think, no matter what your personal politics are.

Here are some other notable films set in or about Detroit that aren't currently on Netflix, but are worth a watch if you can get your hands on a copy.

Detroit Rock City - 1999
A film about four hot dudes getting to a Kiss show at Cobo, um yes!

8 Mile - 2002
You know this one, but it's always worth a re-watch. R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

Beverly Hills Cop - 1984
1980s Eddie Murphy. Need I say more?

Dream Girls - 2006
Queen B, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy, and Jamie Foxx. Set in 1960s Motown.

Grosse Pointe Blank - 1997
John Cusack!!!

Transformers - 2007
Appearances by the historic Michigan Central Station.

Whip It - 2009
Scenes filmed at Lafayette Coney Island and Ferndale High School, plus Drew Barrymore and Derby Girls!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Movies, Movies, Movies!

It's the time of year for scary movies, and now that it feels like fall again, it's the perfect time to cozy up with some popcorn and sour patch kids and watch some classics. This weekend there are a fewo pretty awesome movies to see at the theatre.
The movies start off tonight with Evil Dead at my new favorite theatre, The Redford Theatre. Not only do you get to see the Sam Raimi classic at the original theatre it opened at, but the makeup and special effects artist for the movie, Tom Sullivan, will be there to answer questions and introduce the movie. You can't go wrong with it since it only costs $5!
The Redford continues the classics on Saturday with a Buster Keaton double feature. They will be showing the short "Haunted House" and then "The Cat and the Canary." These silent films should be a good mix of spooky and funny. Saturday night will be $12 for both movies and will start at 8 p.m. with the awesome organ music. Trust me, he plays some good stuff!

I've been waiting for the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak to play The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and they are finally doing it this weekend. They will have midnight showings tonight and Saturday night for $7. If you've never been to a theatre to see Rocky Horror Picture Show, you're missing out on SO much. So brush up your Time Warp dancing skills and get your butts over there this weekend. Oh, and dress up while you're in the mood. Halloween is the perfect excuse to finally bust out that corset you've had stowed away. If Tim Curry can do it, so can you!

Just to get you in the mood:


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Go See Looper! Do it!

I haven't done anything on movies in awhile, but after seeing Looper the other night, I just had to. Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. A pretty random bunch, but all equally good in their own right. However, in my opinion, JGL is absolutely amazing, but I'm a girl and have my own obvious reasons for that. Like this:
Looper is a sci-fi thriller about time travel, plus some other crazy stuff. In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, they send that person back in time to be killed by a looper, a hired assassin. JGL's character, Joe, is one of these guys. It's a bit hard to explain and I don't want to give too much away, but older Joe from the future (played by Bruce Willis) gets sent to the past to be killed by...himself, which is called closing the loop. Basically, Bruce Willis escapes before JGL can kill him and they chase after each other and try to find a way around this while a bunch of other things happen that you don't really expect. 

I know that sounds kind of stupid, but I'm not usually a sci-fi fan and I would give this movie an 8.5-9 out of 10 probably. It's really sci-fi meets thriller meets Sin City. It's one of those movies where the more you think about it, the more you like it.

The weirdest part has to be JGL's face. I read somewhere that he sat in makeup for 3 hours each day before filming to be made up to look like a young Bruce Willis. He was probably the last person I'd expect to be cast to play that role, but holy crap it works. Within the first 10 minutes of the movie you can tell that JGL has all of his mannerisms down perfectly. It does take a little while to get used to his face, though.
Anyways, I'm done raving. It's something different to see and Bruce Willis still kicks ass despite the fact that he's kind of old now. I recommend checking it out before all the Oscar season movies start hitting theatres and there are actually options.