REDFORD (WWJ) – Larry, Moe and Curly will be the stars at the Redford Theatre this weekend for the “Three Stooges Festival.”
Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, the Redford Theatre presents its semi-annual Three Stooges Festival, showing six 35mm short films starring Moe Howard, Jerome “Curly” Howard and Larry Fine.
Linda Sites, a volunteer at the Redford Theatre, spoke with WWJ’s Chrystal Knight about why the theatre has featured the “Three Stooges” for almost 10 years now.
“We always receive requests for shows and movies and we’ve had a ton of requests for the stooges,” Sites said. “We did it once and it was so popular, people were asking for us to do it again, so we do it twice a year, usually in the fall and spring.”
As Sites can attest, the festival is fun for all ages.
“I brought my neighbor once. I had an 80-year-old woman sitting on my left and a 5-year-old boy sitting on my right, and they were both laughing hysterically, and I was laughing at them laughing. To me their humor is timeless, it’s slapstick, it’s maybe kind of stupid in a way, but to me it’s just hilarious,” Sites said.
Friday’s screening starts at 8 pm. There will also be two showings on Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm. Admission is $5, which includes free parking. The Redford Theatre is located on Grand River in the heart of Detroit’s Old Redford neighborhood.
Welcoming tunes by Chris Cavanaugh from the lobby piano will set the mood when the box office and doors open 1 hour before showtime. Then, the spotlight shifts to the auditorium with the heartfelt rendition of the Star Spangled Banner followed by a half-hour of lively music by Newton Bates (Friday and Saturday evenings) and Gil Francis (Saturday matinée).
Patrons will get much more than a great movie experience on the Redford’s silver screen. The festival will feature the Redford’s original theatre pipe organ and a wide selection of movie prints available for purchase, provided by Treasures from Paul’s Basement.