And The Oscar Goes To...The Redford Theatre! The Detroit Area Art Deco Society 'Backstage Pass' Events Return With Special Screening of 1936 Academy Award Nominated 'Libeled Lady' At the Redford Theatre
By Detroit Area Art Deco Society
Feb 18, 2004, 08:32

REDFORD, Mich., -- The Detroit Area Art Deco Society (D.A.A.D.S) celebrates the Oscar Nominated Film Series being held at the Redford Theatre during all of 2004 with a special screening of the 1936 screwball comedy classic, "Libeled Lady." The screening takes place on Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m. -- two days before the 2004 Academy Awards -- and marks the return of D.A.A.D.S' "Backstage Pass" events at The Redford. Following the film, Backstage Pass ticket holders are invited to an exclusive backstage tour of the Redford Theatre and a coffee and dessert buffet. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the D.A.A.D.S. Hot Line, 248-582-DECO, or at Antiques on Main in Royal Oak (248-545-4663). The proceeds from this event support the continued restoration of the Redford Theatre, considered to be the Detroit area's most important surviving single screen movie palace. The Redford is located at 17360 Lasher Road, north of Grand River in Redford.

Featuring a star-studded cast -- including Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, William Powell, and Spencer Tracy -- "Libeled Lady" was nominated for an Academy Award for "Outstanding Production" during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Rarely screened on television and unavailable on DVD, filmgoers will have the rare opportunity to see this Art Deco gem on the Redford's 20 foot screen. To further get into the mood of the Art Deco era, audience members are invited to wear vintage attire, which D.A.A.D.S organizers say "is always admired but not required."

2004 marks the Redford Theatre's 76th year of continuous operation. The giant single screen movie theatre was designed and built to resemble an exotic Japanese Outdoor Garden Theatre, and was called "America's Most Unique Suburban Playhouse." The Redford Theatre now seats 1661 and continues to offer classic movies, special live events, and brilliant concerts on the original mighty Barton theatre pipe organ that first played during the Redford's showing of silent films. The all-volunteer Motor City chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society runs the theatre and continues to work hard to restore the Redford Theatre back to its original 1928 splendor.

The Detroit Area Art Deco Society, is a private not-for-profit organization founded in 1986 by a group of collectors and enthusiasts interested in the design and preservation of the decorative objects, architecture, and style of the Art Deco period. A highly dedicated Board of Directors and a committed pool of on-call volunteers who provide education, documentation and design assistance to the community operate the non-staffed organization.

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