If you live in or around Detroit and you have not visited the Burton Theatre, you are doing yourself a great disservice.
The Burton Theatre is an up and coming art house on the edge of Wayne State’s campus and Chinatown on Cass. It’s named after the building in which it uses, the former Burton International School. To me, there are few things cooler than what is going on at the Burton. Simply the concept, using a closed Detroit Public School building to further establish Detroit as something fresh, to help establish Detroit as a city that could rival other big cities’ art communities, is an incredibly exciting thing.
The people that run the theatre truly love film, and the Burton is the first authentic feeling art house that I have been to. The building has quirks, but it has a lot of heart, too, and it’s a great place to see film.
I’ve recently seen two films there. One, called “Our School,” focused around the issues of the DPS, specifically focusing on the closing of Mackenzie High School and the students within that school. Yesterday, I went to see “October Country.” A tale depicting several generations of a small town working class family, it is one of the best films that I’ve seen in a long time, and so far the best that I’ve seen this year. It is a deeply affecting film that is heartbreaking, funny, and wonderfully directed.
The Burton is a theatre where Detroiters and the like get a chance to see exclusive, great film. There’s nothing like it right now in the area, and if we want Detroit to become a shining star once again, it’s something that I think every should support.
Whether you’re a film buff or not, you’ve gotta get your ass down there. Seriously.