Detroit Film Theatre

Movies at the Metroparks: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

August 2, 9 & 16 at 8:45 p.m.

The Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) will be closed this summer for renovation of the DIA auditorium’s air handling and lighting systems. When the DFT reopens on October 10, audiences will experience a more comfortable, quiet and energy-efficient environment to enjoy the many programs hosted in this historic venue.

While the auditorium is being upgraded, the DFT will present outdoor movies on August 1 and 2, August 8 and 9 and August 15 and 16 in three Huron-Clinton Metroparks that celebrate the anniversaries of two pioneering films: the original, uncut 1954 Japanese version of Godzilla and the Fab Four’s A Hard Day’s Night in a newly restored version.
The 50th anniversary restoration of A Hard Day’s Night, one of the most popular and influential movie musicals ever made, features the big-screen debuts of John, Paul, George and Ringo, also known as The Beatles. Under the supervision of the movie’s original director, Richard Lester, A Hard Day’s Night has undergone a painstakingly thorough restoration, emerging with a crispness in both picture and sound that makes the vitality, laughs and musical excitement of A Hard Day’s Night feel even more electric than it did during its original, 1964 worldwide release. Described by Roger Ebert as “one of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies,” A Hard Day’s Night features a host of great Beatles classics, including “Tell Me Why,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and, of course, the title song. Filmed on location in and around London, A Hard Day’s Night is a potent time capsule of a specific place and era in pop culture history, and a total delight—especially in the great outdoors.  

The programs will begin each night with a short reel by award-winning Michigan student filmmakers presented by the Michigan Student Film Festival, an annual competition organized by Detroit Area Film and Television (DAFT), the longest continually running festival of its kind in the US.

Movies will begin each night at 8:45 p.m. and admission will be included with paid park admission. A Hard Day's Night will screen on Saturday, August 2 at Kensington Metropark in Milford; Saturday, August 9 at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township; and Saturday, August 16 at Willow Metropark in New Boston. For park information, visit