Available 1/2 Hr. Before Showtime or ONLINE
3420 CASS AVENUE MIDTOWN-DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48201
Th,F,S, 6:45, 7:00, & 9:00, 9:15 Sun 5:00 5:15
HOTTER THEN JULY FILM FESTIVAL
THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY Cass City Cinema will be closed for regular features after June 16th BURTON THEATER will be available for Rentals and Special Events throughout the summer
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REOPENING FULL SCHEDULE IN NOVEMBER
2 blocks south of MLK Blvd, (Mack) on the East side of Cass Enter thru the rear of the parking lot, follow the signs. Cass City Cinema is screening Local, independent, and Hollywood movies to entertain all movie-goer's tastes and desires.
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writers: Hossein Amini (screenplay), James Sallis (book)
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston
2K CINEMA DIGITAL 6 channel 5.1 DOLBY SOUND 100 min
The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Directors:Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Writers: Petter Skavlan, Allan Scott
Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård
2K CINEMA DIGITAL 6 channel 5.1 DOLBY SOUND 118min
Cass City Cinema has been screening films in Detroit's old Burton International School since fall 2011. A group of young cinephiles previously operated the venue as the Burton Theatre. / Associated Press
By John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press Special Writer
Cass City Cinema, an alternative film venue on the edge of Detroit’s thriving Midtown area, will be suspending regular screenings after this weekend until November, according to owner Joel Landy.
“We are not closing,” said Landy, noting that he needs to devote his time and energy this summer to other properties he owns in the area near the theater. Landy owns 50 parcels of land that hold 26 buildings, including storefronts and apartment buildings. One of his priorities is to open a new restaurant on the site of the former Atlas Global Bistro on Woodward, which closed in May.
Landy said he has been working 50 hours a week at the two-screen theater, mostly as a film booker and projectionist. He launched Cass City in October 2011 in the auditorium of the former Burton International School, which he bought from Detroit Public Schools in 2009. From fall 2009 through mid-2011, he leased the space to several young cinephiles who showed movies there under the name Burton Theatre.
After they lost their lease, they announced plans to open an alternative film venue in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, but those plans have yet to materialize.
Part of the Cass City concept, Landy said, is to bring films to Detroit that typically play only at suburban art houses like the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak and the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township. Another goal is to make film screenings affordable with $5 tickets.
The theater has been drawing good crowds for the past six months with showings of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which tracks the unusual life and career of nearly forgotten Detroit folk artist Sixto Rodriguez. Landy said that nearly 7,000 people have seen the movie at Cass City and that he has sold 650 copies of the CD soundtrack.
Also drawing well were 2012 Oscar winner “The Artist” and the recent “The Place Beyond the Pines.” The latter stars actor Ryan Gosling, who has used the Burton building as a home base of sorts during his stay in Detroit to work on the upcoming “How to Catch a Monster,” his directorial debut.
This weekend, Cass City is showing the 2011 action thriller “Drive,” starring Gosling as a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a getaway driver, and the recent Norwegian film “Kon-Tiki,” about the Pacific Ocean voyage of writer Thor Heyerdahl.
Though it will be closed this summer, the theater will continue to host special events, mostly via rentals. The Hotter than July festival of gay- and lesbian-themed films aimed at African Americans is scheduled for July 25.
“Ideally I would like someone to step in and operate the theater, but if I have to run it myself this fall, I will,” said Landy, who considers Cass City an important part of his Midtown mission. “For the people I have brought here, having a theater like this in the neighborhood means a better quality of life.”
Cass City Cinema Stops Screenings Until Fall