And the winner is…
17360 LahserDetroit, MI 48219
Do you have a thing for classic movies? Do you like real butter on your popcorn? The historic Redford Theatre provides both in a cozy, fully restored, theater that even has its original Barton theater pipe organ. Decorated in the style of an old-school Japanese theater, the winner in this new category for 2013 is known for its weekend showings of some of cinema's most-beloved flicks, often with appearances by the stars.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
The three-screen theatre recently underwent a $1.5-million renovation, giving it a considerably more upscale look. The theater features special film programs and amenities like a bar serving liquor, beer and wine, a coffee shop, locally catered food, valet parking on weekends and a waitstaff.
118 N. MainRoyal Oak, MI 48067
Neighborhood: Downtown Royal Oak
Everyone knows the Royal Oak art house for high-profile foreign and independent films. But this also is a popular spot to screen homemade movies. The Mitten Movie Project hosts screenings here on the second Tuesday of each month. Others rent the Main for single-night screenings because it has digital projection already installed. The box office opens 15 minutes before first show time and closes 15 minutes after last show time. Work by local artists often hangs in lobby.
5200 WoodwardDetroit, MI 48202
Neighborhood: Cultural District/Midtown/Wayne State
This intimate theater showcases featured DIA film presentations. Stunning architecture and a modern sound system highlights this fully-restored theater. Visit the website for current film schedules and ticket pricing.
603 E. LibertyAnn Arbor, MI 48104
Neighborhood: Downtown Ann Arbor
Constructed during the silent film era, this 1700-seat theatre, decked in gold leaf and rich velvets, is home to the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ, one of the only theater organs in existence that is still played in its original home on a regular basis. With acoustics perfect for classical music, the Michigan Theater has been home to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra since 1984. A smaller 200-seat screening room is housed under the same roof and reserved strictly for films.