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There are plenty of great movie theaters in the Detroit area to see the latest flicks. And you'll find just about everything -- first run Hollywood productions, independent and foreign films, documentaries, and even animation. To locate a quality theatre showing the first run stuff, search any of the conventional movie guides on the web. But for something a little different, check out the venues below. These theatres provide a more eclectic film selection, a unique movie-going experience, or both all at once!



Detroit Film Center

1227 Washington Boulevard, Detroit



An establishment for true movie afficionados and those that are just as interested in the filmmaking process as they are the final product. This non-profit media arts center provides education and resources to thousands of prospective filmmakers and artists and has enriched the community through ongoing screenings of important works of indpendent film and video.

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5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit



The Detroit Film Theatre is located within the Detroit Institute of Arts, a centerpiece of the City's Cultural Center and one of the finest museums in the country. It lays claim to one of America's most comprehensive and acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema. The DFT's exquisite 1,150-seat auditorium is equipped to project all films in their correct aspect ratio exactly as their directors intended.




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The Henry Ford -- 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn [Website]

Michigan Science Center -- 5020 John R, Detroit [Website]


Crystal clear images on a screen eight stories wide and six stories tall and wrap-around digital surround sound make IMAX the ultimate movie experience. You'll be amazed at the extraordinary visual clarity and sound quality and will be begging for more when the lights come back on. Detroit is fortunate to have two IMAX theatres in the area -- The Henry Ford in Dearborn and the Michigan Science Center in the Cultural Center. IMAX is the perfect complement to the fantastic exhibits and overall themes of science and innovation upon which these museums are based.


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Magic Bag Theatre

22920 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale



Just a couple of bucks are all you need for admission to this popular theatre built in 1921 in Fashionable Ferndale. Visit the Magic Bag for their Wednesday and Thursday night Brew 'n' Views and enjoy a cold beverage or cocktail as you watch the latest Hollywood films on the Magic Bag's huge screen. If you dig the experience, come on back on weekends for live blues, alternative, and classic rock.


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Main Art Theatre

118 North Main Street, Royal Oak



Originally built in 1940 with a single screen, The Main has evolved into a funky three screen movie house offering the Detroit area's finest selection of independent film and foreign language cinema. Fittingly, the theatre is located in popular downtown Royal Oak which is known for its eclectic mix of restaurants, galleries, and boutiques.


The Maple Theatre

4135 West Maple Road, Bloomfield Hills



The Maple has been a Detroit area mainstay of specialized film for years. It was the first theatre of its kind when it was built in 1974 and has steadfastly maintained its dedication to independent and foreign language cinema ever since. The theatre is located in upscale Bloomfield Hills and is a stone's throw from the action in downtown Birmingham.

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