Change of State

This past fall has been a busy time at the Michigan Theater and its new partner a few hundred feet down the street—the State Theatre.

After the Michigan signed the purchase agreement to buy the State last summer, the two theaters have worked more closely in their film offerings than when the Michigan just contracted to program the movies at the State.

That cooperation has included movies at the State that are part of film series that have been long established at the Michigan, like:

  • The Family-Friendly Film Series, which screened Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the State on November 8, 2014.
  • The Holiday Classic Film Series, which will show Miracle on 34th Street at the State on December 7, 2014.

Other events at the State have included:

  • The exclusive hosting of a special series to honor 30 years of animated movies by the Japanese Studio Ghibli.
  • More Ann Arbor premieres, including a 35-millimeter screening of the science fiction movie Interstellar.

All of these films at the State have probably helped many Ann Arbor filmgoers discover the theater, which opened in 1942. In recent years, the State has established a partial identity as the University of Michigan’s theater, with its proximity to the central campus and midnight movies. Every visitor to the State can look forward to facility improvements that include an elevator to make the theater accessible and more comfortable seats.

The new working relationship has also extended the benefits of members of the Michigan Theater. Those members can now get the same discounts on tickets, parking, and concession stand food that they have always received with their level of membership at the Michigan.

Whatever the future holds for the State, it will continue a long history of quality movie programming in downtown Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor News, March 27, 1943

Ann Arbor News, March 27, 1943

Ann Arbor News, March 3, 1947

Ann Arbor News, March 3, 1947

Ann Arbor News, October 24, 1962

Ann Arbor News, October 24, 1962

Ann Arbor News, September 3, 1964

Ann Arbor News, September 3, 1964

Ann Arbor News, June 20, 1975

Ann Arbor News, June 20, 1975

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Copyright © 2014 by Robert Hollberg Smith, Jr.

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