17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com
Props to Mayor Mike Duggan for choosing this 87-year-old institution to host his State of the City address earlier this year. While locations like Midtown and Gilbertville have become media shorthand in talking about Detroit's turnaround, Duggan wisely chose the ornate Redford Theatre, located in northern Detoit, as the backdrop to his assessment of his first year in office. As MT's Larry Gabriel noted at the time, the theater is the perfect metaphor for the city. Located on a block that Gabriel described as "one of the interesting little enclaves in town where community activism, entrepreneurialism, and hipness come together to push back against decay," some of the theater's neighbors include the Motor City Java and Tea House, Sweet Potato Sensations, community center the Artist Village, Motor City Blight Busters, and clothing store Profit Vogue Studios. It's also a great place to catch an old-school flick — they still have their original pipe organ, and they're known to bring in celebrities like Pam Grier for special classic film screenings.
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