Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit opened last week at the State (showtimes available here) and in case you didn't know, the harrowing and disturbing scenes depicted in the film are  based on the real-life events of that happened in Detroit fifty years ago. After you see the film make sure you check out interviews with some of the people who were there and on who's stories this film was based, like security guard Melvin Dismukes, congressman John Conyers, Jr., and Algiers Hotel massacre survivor Larry Reed. The Algiers Motel itself (originally located at 8301 Woodward Ave) was torn down in the 1970's, but remanents from the time can still be seen - note the brick gates visible in this period postcard that still stand along Woodward today.