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“The Show Must Go On!”

It’s an old phrase that folks have been saying at the Redford Theatre for the past 89 years. They said it during the Great Depression, they said it during the early 50’s when televisions moved into everyone’s home and they said it as Detroit started its steady decline. At one point, Detroit was home to over 120 movie theatres. Today, only 3 are currently screening films. How is it possible that the Redford Theatre made it through tough times? We know it was because of donors like you.

This past year brought several challenges. Storm water retention and an aging city of Detroit infrastructure has meant sky high water bills for the theatre. We are facing this challenge head on and looking for cost effective solutions that protect the environment while decreasing our costs. As the years go by, our building ages and restoration projects and maintenance needs are ever-present. This year, we continue to tackle the ladies washroom and other plumbing repairs, we’re making plans for a new sorely needed ADA compliant washroom and renovations to our marquee. One thing we do know, the Redford Theatre would not be what it is without you. Time marches on and this old girl just keeps going, but we want her to do so with pride. Her head held high, all polished and looking swell, showcasing films that have entertained generations, but that takes a tremendous amount of effort and resources.

Try standing in the lobby when the crowd comes in for a screening of The Wizard of Oz or Casablanca and you can feel the joyful energy of the crowd. Then you will know why we keep the Redford Theatre’s curtain rising. Without you we could not continue our work. We know some of you quietly drop a few bucks in the tip jar but this year we are asking for even more of a commitment. As one of our patrons said, “the Redford is my happy place…” We’re betting that the Redford is your happy place, too, so please consider making a tax deductible donation today because as they say… ”The Show Must Go On!”

Additionally the Redford is run with an all volunteer staff which means that 100% of your donations go directly back into the theatre for things like restorations, special events, and expanded programming. The Redford Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization under the IRS code,so your contributions qualify as a tax deduction on your federal and state tax returns. Click on the following links to make donations, which help support the theatre’s mission, vision, and values. Scroll down to get more information about each type of donation.

Thank You for your generosity.


Other Ways to Give

Cash Donation
You can send a check for any amount to the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI 48219


Seat Donation
2005redfordseatendstandardnameplateThe Redford Theatre is continuing its fund raising through the Sponsor a Seat Program. Funds raised will be used to help pay for the new seats in the theatre and other restoration projects as required. We invite you to sponsor A seat! Consider giving a seat as a gift—a gift that can last a lifetime.
Sponsor A Seat


Charity Motors Donation

The Redford Theatre is now a Charity Motors donation partner organization. If you have a vehicle you are thinking about selling, why not donate it to Charity Motors and the Redford Theatre will be the beneficiary of the proceeds! It’s easy, just call Charity Motors at 888-908-CARS (2277) and tell them you would like your proceeds to go the Redford Theatre. Everyone wins—they’ll arrange to pick your car up and tow it away for free, you receive a tax donation, and the Redford gets a much needed and much appreciated donation. Visit Charity Motors for more information.


Sustaining Donation
With our new Sustaining Donor program, we invite you to play a vital role in the continued operation and improvements to this beautiful, one of a kind movie palace. The Redford is a special theatre that brings history to life, entertaining and educating audiences from all over metro Detroit. Become a Sustaining Donor today and play an active role in carrying on the Redford Theatre traditions!
Sustaining Donor Brochure


Legacy Donation
What is a Legacy Gift?
The Redford Theatre means so much to you. It has been a very important part of your life; you grew up in the neighborhood and came to the Redford, your mother was an usher, or you bring you grandchildren for a taste of what life was like back in the day. Whatever the reason, you feel a strong connection to the Redford Theatre and have every hope that the Theatre continues operations for generations to come. Maybe a legacy gift would fit into your estate plan. Click here to find out more…
What is a Legacy Gift?

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