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The Redford Theatre, Your Happy Place!

This has been a challenging year for all of us. In March, we had to make the very difficult decision to close our doors for the first time since the theatre opened in 1928. However, the Motor City Theatre Organ Society is determined to ride out this pandemic with the Redford Theatre unscathed. While it has been an unprecedented year nothing beats Detroit determination. We have adapted and pivoted to Pop-Up Drive-In Movies and Facebook Watch Parties. Both have been extremely successful keeping us in the hearts and minds of our beloved patrons. However, the funds raised from these efforts have not come close to covering the money needed to pay our monthly expenses.

2020 set out to be an exciting year. In partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as a Knight Arts Challenge winner, we were set to launch four Film Festivals: a Children’s Film Festival, our Film Noir Festival, an African American Film Festival called Love the Culture, and our revamped Silent Film Festivals. We were deeply disappointed when they had to be cancelled; however, we are committed to presenting the festivals as soon as we open. Our 2020 schedule was also jam-packed with films we were sure you would have enjoyed, two Shadowcast presentations by The Goblin King Players, several special events, and more. Most have been rescheduled because we wouldn’t want you to miss them.

Right now, the only thing we can do is move forward. As you know we are an all-volunteer organization who puts the safety of our volunteers and patrons above all else. Our Board, along with our Finance, Restoration, and Maintenance Committees, have been hard at work making sure that when the curtain rises you will be comfortable and safe rejoining us. We think that you are going to be excited by some of the changes…think credit cards.

Looking beyond COVID-19, we hope to be able to continue some of the innovative projects we have launched. We are also excited to host diverse and inclusive events with all of you in mind. It is our hope that once the virus is no longer a concern, you’ll find that a visit to the Redford Theatre is even more of a delightful experience. We also hope you don’t forget us and will continue to join us for date-nights, family holiday traditions, and the screening of old favorites.

Today, we invite you to play a vital role in the continued operation of our beautiful, one of a kind movie palace. With your help we plan to be here providing entertainment in this magnificent setting for decades to come. Please …take a moment …and consider making a contribution.

Stay safe and we’ll see you all reel soon!

Sharon Pearl Picking, President MCTOS

One of Detroit’s crown jewels. No other place quite like it. The organ, decor, balcony,
entertainment, special guests, dedicated volunteers, smiling, friendly audiences and general ambience create a magical environment for all of us who live cinema. – Marion

My mother grew up less than a mile from the Redford Theatre. My heart smiles when I
think of my 14 year old mom walking with her girlfriends on a warm summer afternoon,
paying a nickel to see their heartthrobs (Clark Gable and Errol Flynn) on that same big
screen where I can see those same wonderful films. – Andra


Other Ways to Give

Cash Donation

Send a check for any amount to the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI 48219


Seat Donation
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The 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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