By Eden Baniel
With the Academy Awards taking place this past weekend, there’s no better time to catch up on some of the most popular films of the past year. Many of the films that have been nominated are not currently playing in large-scale commercial theaters, but can be found in theaters that deliver independent and classic films.
Luckily for Detroit Connector riders, both Ann Arbor and Detroit are host to many great theaters that can help catch you up on all the latest Oscar buzz.
The State Theatre
233 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The State Theatre is one of Ann Arbor’s oldest venues for entertainment. Opened in 1942, the State Theatre was designed by renowned architect C. Howard Crane and has continued to be revamped and renovated over the years. After it’s latest round of renovations in 2016, the Theatre reopened in December 2017, and now features four screens, reserved seating, improved accessibility, and an expanded concessions menu.
The Theatre is especially unique in that it screens indie and classic films, making it a great place to view films you wouldn’t otherwise find in commercial movie theaters.
Some of the films currently being shown include several Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning films, such as Lady Bird, Call Me by Your Name, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
4126 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Cinema Detroit is an independent cinema that shows an eclectic mix of contemporary, indie, and classic films. This theater is unique in that it features movies within a setting that was previously a furniture store, and supplies freshly made popcorn along with treats that are local to Detroit.
As a community-based and mission-driven nonprofit theater, Cinema Detroit works to promote literacy and arts education while providing the Detroit community with a gathering place to watch films and spark dialogue.
Two of the films that are currently being shown include Oscar-winners The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The Maple Theater
4135 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48301
The Maple Theater is an upscale cinema in the city of Detroit that offers indie and vintage films in a unique setting. The Maple Theater has both a café and bar, which also hosts live pre-show music.
You won’t need to settle for eating popcorn while attending a viewing at the Maple Theater. Rather, you can order a delicious meal from The Maple Kitchen, and enjoy upscale food while watching a film. For those who are more spontaneous or adventurous, The Maple Theater also hosts “Secret Cinema” – these are specific nights in which you can attend a classic film without knowing the feature title until the lights go down.
The Maple Theater is also currently playing Oscar films Call Me By Your Name and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
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