On Friday June 21 join us for an afternoon in Detroit. Departing from the Michigan Theater, this tour will include visits to Detroit’s art house cinemas and historic landmarks. Featuring some of the country’s most stunning Art Deco skyscrapers and an iconic skyline, Detroit was the first city to be named a UNESCO City of Design. Learn more about the Motor City and spend the day in Michigan’s biggest city.
Following the tour guests can opt to spend the weekend in Detroit or take advantage of optional bus service back to Ann Arbor. If you are planning on departing from Michigan via air on Friday please note that Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is located at the approximate midpoint between Ann Arbor and downtown Detroit (30 minutes from either destination).
NOTE: This tour requires a separate reservation. The tour fee of $55 is not included in seminar registration. Additionally, the tour will require participants to walk and stand for two hours at a time.
Detroit Tour Schedule:
10:30 AM Depart from Michigan Theater
11:30 AM Tour of Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts
12:30 PM Tour of Cinema Detroit
1:00 PM Lunch on your own (Drop off at downtown center near Lafayette and American Coney Islands)
2:00 PM Private Walking Tour with Preservation Detroit (Meet at Campus Martius)
4:30 PM Depart from Detroit (Leaving from Fox Theatre)
5:30 PM Arrive at Michigan Theater
The Detroit Film Theatre
The Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) was built in 1927 as a centerpiece of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The 1,200-seat auditorium featured many prominent guest lecturers from all around the world, including legendary pilot Amelia Earhart. Now in its 45th year, the DIA’s ongoing film program is among the most comprehensive and acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema in the United States. Next door to the theater is the Crystal Gallery, an eatery resembling a Viennese coffee shop that serves light meals, beer, wine and deserts before films. Under Elliot Wilhelm, who has served as curator for over 40 years, the DFT has maintained the practice of showing both new films and classics, plus other features such as animation, locally produced movies and lectures.
Cinema Detroit is metro Detroit’s only truly independent cinema, delivering an eclectic, quality mix of contemporary, indie, cult, genre, and classic movies in the heart of the city. Cinema Detroit features movies in a unique setting – the former Weber Furniture Store — and freshly made popcorn, Faygo pop, and other locally-made treats. The cinema was founded by Paula and Tim Guthat, lifelong Detroiters and longtime movie fans who have been watching and writing about movies for many years.
Lafayette and American Coney Islands
“Regional specialty foods are the source of endless, impassioned debate: Many an argument has erupted over Kansas City versus Central Texas barbecue, and loyal devotees of Chicago deep dish and New York-style pizza eye each other with deep suspicion. But arguably the biggest food rivalry of the Great Lakes region is focused on one brief stretch of street in downtown Detroit, and it involves a beloved foodstuff called the coney dog …The rivalry between American and Lafayette is the stuff of Detroit legends … As the story goes, brothers Bill and Gust Keros opened American Coney Island on downtown Detroit’s Michigan Avenue in 1919; years later, they had a falling out and in 1936 Bill decided to open his own diner, Lafayette Coney Island, right next door. Today, American remains a family-owned institution while Bill’s employee’s now operate the Lafayette restaurant. The pair have been battling for coney dog dominance ever since.” — Eater.com
Other Lunch Options in Area
Avalon Cafe and Bakery — Casual counter serve for salads, sandwiches and organic, house-made pastries & fresh breads.
Bellacino’s — Michigan chain known for its pizzas and oversized sandwiches.
Fort Street Galley — Four original restaurants offered in an expansive, industrial space with a stylish bar and buzzy vibe.
Freshii — Health-minded, counter-serve chain offering tossed-to-order salads plus soups, wraps, burritos, breakfast options, frozen yogurt, juices and smoothies.
Hudson Cafe — An eclectic and modern twist on a classic brunch menu in the heart of downtown Detroit composed by classically trained chef Tom Teknos with his partners Stavros and Francesco Adamopoulos.
Detroit Preservation Guided Walking Tour
Founded in 1975, Preservation Detroit is the city’s oldest and largest preservation organization. Preservation Detroit celebrates Detroit’s past and current achievements through educational tours, lectures, and publications, promoting awareness and the discussion of public history. The organization holds more than 130 tours each year, on subjects ranging from architectural history to sculpture to the history of bootlegging. In addition, advocacy events take place year round, including preservation town halls, historic district community meetings, property cleanups and more.
About the tour: Long the beating heart of Detroit’s dynamic business and commercial industry, the downtown area has seen dazzling change in recent years as renovation and restoration continue to evolve the city’s buildings and streets. Highlights of the tour include the stunning Art Deco masterpiece Guardian Building, the emerging Capitol Park area, and an architectural walk down memory lane as we stroll Woodward Avenue from Grand Circus Park to the riverfront. Along the way, the tour loops past many historic houses of worship and significant sculptural and architectural works.
Note: This tour will require participants to walk and stand for approximately 2.5 hours.