The year was 1962; the racially and emotionally charged movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” premiers in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. As WWJ’s Chrystal Knight tells us, the historic Redford Theatre is showing the movie this weekend.

The Redford Theatre will show the classic film “To Kill A Mockingbird” January 14 and 15 with special guest appearance by Academy Award nominated actress Mary Badham who played “Scout” in the film.

“The men involved making this picture, it was their dream to change things (to make a difference in the civil rights discussion) and I think in large part it did, because I think people were ready for that conversation.” Badham told WWJ.

Badham will be at all three performances: Friday evening at 8 p.m. and at two showings on Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Live organ plays approximately one-half  hour before the film begins.

Badham will be answering questions from the audience, signing autographs, and talking about the film, her friendships with Gregory Peck and Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize winning author.

The historic theatre is in NW Detroit, Grand River and Lahser, and the message of the film is part of the revitalization of the area.


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