Friday, May 20, 2005

New-old movie, new-old theater

Detroit's Renaissance Center houses the Riverfront 4

Detroit residents tired of driving out of the city to watch new films got a double-dose of happiness Thursday when the Riverfront 4 reopened in the Renaissance Center with none other than the highly-anticipated "Star Wars Episode III".

The opening of George Lucas' final film about a galaxy far, far away unveiled new information about Anakin Skywalker, and also uncovered a new entertainment venue in downtown Detroit, which has been without a first-run theater since 2000.

With renovations totaling over $1 million, including state-of-the-art projection and sound systems, the "new" old theater complex is a welcome addition to Detroit's CBD.

Located on the third level of the Ren Cen's 200 tower, the complex - as its name implies - houses four different theaters, each containing between 180 and 240 seats.

Tickets for adults run $8.50 and kids get in for $5.50. Free parking is available in surface lots or moviegoers can pay $2 to valet.