The DFT is housed in the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the nation’s finest museums and one of the jewels of Detroit’s cultural life. The DFT’s handsome 1,150-seat auditorium is designed to screen each film in the aspect ratio intended by its director. Among the directors whose work has been featured in retrospectives at the theater are legends like Akira Kurosawa and Louis Malle. The DFT’s eclectic offerings include classic international cinema, contemporary films, and even old silents (which feature accompaniment by the likes of the Alloy Orchestra of Boston and pianist David Drazin).
Detroit Film Theatre Information
- Public Transportation:Good (Smart Bus The 450, 460, or 495 Smart Bus will drop you off right in front of the building; from the Detroit Greyhound Bus Station; the Detroit Institute of Arts is located 2.7 miles north of the station)
- Handicapped Accessible: Yes
- Performances/Programs: Foreign classic and premieres, art house selections and films celebrating specific directors and their bodies of work are screened regularly at the DFT.
- Ticket Prices: Ticket prices are $7.50, $6 for DIA members.
- Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am—5 pm; Fridays 10 am—10 pm; Saturdays and Sundays 10 am—6 pm; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.