The buttery smell of freshly popped corn, the waves of excited whispers, and the dimming of the lights blend into a sensory symphony of anticipation before each film at Lakeshore Cinemas. Then the darkness settles and the screen lights up in silver, bathing awestruck audiences in the 2-D and 3-D sights of first-run blockbusters whose actors have just been taken out of their packaging. Yet despite its lengthy roster of recently released flicks, Lakeshore still embraces old favourites. Occasionally the screens pay homage to the history of film by showing classics. The theatre also steps up its celebratory power for birthday bashes that dish up pizza in a party room or entice gamers with Xbox game play on an auditorium?s massive screen.
The Detroit Orchestra Hall has welcomed audiences for over 100 years to enjoy performances presented with sublime acoustic. Since its building in 1919, this historic venue has undergone a drastic restoration. It was completed in 2003 with the new addition of the modern Max M. Fisher Music Center. The Orchestra Hall hosts a variety of events including special holiday concerts, a wonderful jazz series, and special family concerts--perfect for the kids! Walk in, take a seat and observe the lavish atmosphere finished in Beaux-Art décor as you wait to take in the performance. For a meal after the show dine at the divine Paradise Lounge. Taste one of their weekly three course meals created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained executive Chef Michael Polsinelli.
Described by the Wall Street Journal as "probably America's most visitor-friendly art museum," the Detroit Institute of Arts has been building one of the top six collections in the country since it was founded in 1885. Along the way, the institute acquired standout pieces such as Vincent Van Gogh's Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a public museum's collection in the United States. Former director William Valentiner commissioned Diego Rivera to paint the world-renowned Detroit Industry mural cycle in an indoor courtyard—a more lasting tribute to the beauty of labor. In total, more than 60,000 works of prehistoric, modern, contemporary, and multinational art have found a home within the museum's more than 100 galleries.
The institute’s broad range of art comprises not only American and European works but also significant pieces of African, Asian, and Native American origin. An auditorium and recital hall also make the institute a haven for film and live music on Friday and Sunday. Guests can even attend free-with-admission drop-in workshops to make their own unique works of art.
When it comes to classic date ideas, it’s hard to top a trip to this historic movie theater, which was first built in 1928 and still features live organ music 30-minutes before each show. Dates can share popcorn (with real butter!) while watching classic films, like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Singin’ In the Rain.
A movie theater, comedy club and concert venue, The Magic Bag always has something new to light up its marquee. The theatre has become a go-to for nationally touring bands?including The English Beat, symphonic pop outfit The Polyphonic Spree, and surf-rock legend Dick Dale?as well as popular tribute acts like The Mega 80s, Lez Zeppelin & Panama. Acclaimed comedians such as Gilbert Gottfried, Jeff Ross, and Brian Posehn take the stage on a regular basis at the club, and cult-favorite films are the main attraction on Brew & View nights.
Since the 1950s, the Ford Drive In has invited audiences to enjoy double features from the comfort of their own automobiles. The alfresco theater?s five screens show back-to-back screenings of first-run movies throughout the whole year, with films paired based on their rating and genre. Viewers can stay warm with the heat flowing from the outdoor car heaters, which keep them comfortable during the winter and prevent popcorn kernels from freezing to their tongues.