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Introduction

Activities in the Ann Arbor area take many forms, including college life, high tech business, political activism, and sports excitement. For film lovers, the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor is a favorite destination.

Michigan Theater Balcony ViewThe Michigan offers a wide variety of films that are shown every day of the year in at least one of three auditoriums—the Historic Auditorium (main theater), the Screening Room, and the Annex. The many showtimes allow the Michigan to show the best selections of alternative film theaters, along with many other unique films. That flexibility also includes screenings at the nearby State Theatre, which the Michigan purchased in 2014 and temporarily closed in 2016 for renovations.

If you enjoy the American independent, documentary, and British films that appear at the Landmark Main Art Theatre and the Maple Theater, many of them also are shown at the Michigan. Foreign language films add to the strong international flavor of Ann Arbor. And old movie buffs can satisfy their cravings during summer, Christmas, and special film series like the Steven Spielberg retrospective in the fall of 2015.

September 2013 at the Michigan included documentaries about J.D. Salinger, George Plimpton, and muscular dystrophy patient Christopher Rush. New films included the comedy Austenland, the science fiction thriller Europa Report, the Danish drama The Hunt, and the Israeli Palestinian film The Attack. The Monday Funnies Film Series launched with Annie Hall and Harold and Maude. Special film events included the screening of movies created at the Michigan Theater's Young Filmmakers Camp, and the start of the Lusophone Film Festival that was presented by the University of Michigan Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies program.

The programming of the Michigan extends a few hundred feet up Liberty Street to the State Theatre, which the Michigan owns and temporarily closed in 2016 for renovations. The State often continues the runs of many films that started at the Michigan. The State also premieres films that are similar to those that debut at the Michigan. Michigan Theater Liberty Street AreaThe double bill possibilities of the Michigan and State are intriguing, in an energetic downtown where your theater visit can also include a delicious dinner, a bookstore browse, or some coffee shop relaxation.

The influence of the Michigan has reached beyond the Ann Arbor and Detroit area. It has forged a relationship with the Sundance Film Festival that has included premieres of movies that will later appear at the festival. These premieres have included guest appearances by actors and filmmakers who helped create the featured movie.

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