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Arts + Entertainment

Staff Pick, Readers' Choice

Best Place to See an Indie Film 

Cinema Detroit

4126 Third Ave., Detroit; 313-482-9028;

Just because Cinema Detroit is Detroit’s only independent movie house doesn’t lessen the honor conferred upon it by our readers. The little theater on Third Avenue is up against some stiff competition: the recently restored Maple Theater in Bloomfield, with its stadium seating, in-house restaurant, coffeehouse, and VIP club; the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor; the Main Art Theatre nestled amid the hustle and bustle of Royal Oak.

So why did our readers give the nod to Cinema Detroit, a small theater run for the last five years by husband-and-wife team Tim and Paula Guthat? Must be the top-notch programming, which includes not just eclectic first-run films but more mainstream art house fare backed by major studios, from such directors as Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, and Nicole Holofcener. Into that mix the Guthats add indie features from smaller distributors, new restorations, tributes, genre films, and even question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers when available. “Many times we’re the only theater with a film on screen in the metro area,” Paula Guthat says, “sometimes in all of Michigan or the Midwest.” —Michael Jackman

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