Behind Meadow Brook Mansion is an equally grand garden that has been reimagined to host movie-goers. Next month, the nearly 100-year-old estate will show two psychological thrillers by Alfred Hitchcock — Strangers on a Train and Shadow of a Doubt — on the garden’s outdoor screen.
Strangers on a Train will be shown from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 1. In the film, a tennis player and suave psychopath cross paths during a train ride, resulting in dangerous discussions and deals that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The following week, on Oct. 8, the grand garden will show Shadow of a Doubt from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A sweet niece takes in her helpless uncle, only to start questioning his good nature. His routine begins to weave into the same patterns as the reports of a questionable character that were published in the local newspaper. These dynamic characters will leave the audience teetering between who should be the protagonist and the antagonist.
Admission is $20 per person or $18 for members — reservations are required to account for proper social distancing. Tickets include a personal-sized popcorn bag and candy, and drinks are available at a cash bar. Guests can purchase tickets at touchnet.com.
Meadow Brook Mansion staff note that guests should wear a face mask if they should go inside and remain socially distanced by at least 6 feet. Visitors are also asked to stay home if they feel sick.
Based in Rochester, the Meadow Brook Mansion offers a stately scene that could add to the event. Some visitors of the mansion — built in 1929 by Matilda Dodge Wilson and her second husband, Alfred G. Wilson — have suggested it may be haunted. There are reports of footsteps without a source and disembodied voices. Read about other haunted spots in metro Detroit, here.
For more information, visit meadowbrookhall.org.