The Michigan Theater will kick off a fall series of films and events designed to tell individuals the history, depth and story of Detroit, the worlds Motor City. As a person born and raised in Detroit I have only happy memories of my house, my school and my parent’s business. It was a great place to grow up and this celebration of Detroit is certainly one that I am interested in seeing.
The first portion of the series will concentrate around the film Detropia. As described on the Michigan Theater website Detropia is:
Part of the Motor City Movies: Discovering Detroit Film Series.
Detroit’s story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos.
With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, DETROPIA sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. As houses are demolished by the thousands, automobile-company wages plummet, institutions crumble, and tourists gawk at the “charming decay,” the film’s vibrant, gutsy characters glow and erupt like flames from the ashes. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future.
Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com.
Detropia will be the focus of attention for a full week between Septmeber 14 and 21 and every night there will be a showing as well as several additional events scheduled throughout the week. Starting with the following Monday, and generally every Monday in September, October and November there will be additional films featuring Detroit. These will be extremely varied but all use Detroit as a back drop for the movie.
The Lamp Post Inn is pleased to offer anyone attending these screenings a discount of 10% off of many of our most popular unit types. Please log into our website at Lamp Post Inn and use the promo code MICHTH to view your choices and to make your reservations. The Michigan Theater is approximately 1 1/2 miles from the Lamp Post Inn.