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No, I did not forget the “s” in the title of this entry.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” was playing at the Redford Theater in Detroit this weekend. The uncut, 70 mm version. My husband’s birthday is coming up. He likes science fiction. So, I took him to see this classic movie, which happened to have been released the year my husband was born.

My husband has seen the film before (though, he says, not this version) and read the book. I have never seen the film or read the book. Except for recognizing the name and knowing the proverbial line “Open the pod bay doors HAL,” I didn’t know a thing about this film. Didn’t know the plot line. Nothing.

Now, I’m not a fan of science fiction. But, I’m glad I had the experience of seeing this film on the big screen. The uncut 70 mm version (took 10 reels!). This is one of those films that needs to be seen in a theater. Seeing it on DVD would not be the same experience, even if one has surround sound and a large screen TV. It just wouldn’t be the same.

My husband said that the sound was too loud. But, honestly, I think it was intended that way. It’s a way to immerse one in the movie. Take the scene where the scientists want to take a picture with the monolith in the background. And it lets out a loud shriek that hurts the ears of the scientists. Well, we in the audience knew exactly how those scientists felt!

This is a movie that was meant to be experienced, the sights and the sounds. This is not a movie that one should merely watch. I actually don’t think that one can merely watch.

In the end, I would recommend seeing this movie even if you don’t like science fiction. The movie will leave you with many questions regardless of whether you’re familiar with the plot line or not. And, even if you don’t like the film, my guess would be that you will be happy that you had the experience of seeing this on the big screen.

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This weekend my husband and I kicked off the holiday season by going to see A Christmas Carol. No, not the animated, Jim Carrey version. The 1938 version with Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart.

The Redford Theater celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. Opening in 1928, it has been in continuous operation ever since. It’s one of only two theaters in the metro Detroit area that still has its original theater organ. The other is the Fox Theater.

Going to the Redford is always a pleasurable experience and one doesn’t just go to see a movie. A half hour before the featured film, a volunteer from the Motor City Theatre Organ Society plays the organ. He or she also plays during Intermission. This day, the young woman was playing mostly Christmas tunes.

During the Christmas season, the lighted Christmas tree is beautiful and model train buffs can get a glimpse of a working model train set up by the stage. This year is was put together by the boy scouts from a local Presbyterian church. The theater itself is also something to see with its restored1 Japanese motif and starry “sky”. And, for those of you who like real butter on your popcorn, you won’t be disappointed.

I’d definitely recommend going to the Redford Theater for an enjoyable day or evening out. Before this weekend, my husband and I hadn’t been there in a few years. But, earlier this year as I was perusing the movie listings one Friday evening, I saw the listing for “My Fair Lady” at the Redford. Unfortunately, by the time I saw the listing it was too late for us to go. Then and there we vowed to keep up with the movie schedule.

We’re planning on going back in April to see “Singin’ in the Rain.”

For more about the Redford Theater, click the title of this post and explore the website.

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering how was the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol…very charming. It’s now my favorite version.

Full disclosure: I’m in no way affiliated with the Redford Theater. I’m just an old movie fan that enjoys patronizing this particular movie house.

1According to the Redford Theater website: “During WWII much the Japanese-style decoration was removed, painted over or covered up.”

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