The State Theatre was first built in 1916, burned and rebuilt, both times under the name 'The Lyric Theatre.' It burned once again, was rebuilt in 1949 and renamed the 'State Theatre.'
Going through several changes over the years, the State Theatre was once made into a "twin" with two screens. After being shunned for several years, Traverse City's local Rotary Club purchased the theatre and, in 2007, sold it to the Traverse City Film Festival for $1. That's right, one dollar.
The State was then gutted and completely renovated back to its 1949 appeal. It reopened November 17, 2007 (6-year anniversary 24 days from today!)
The State Theatre shows the best in new movies, plus enough special films that those who run it end up showing an average of 365 different films each year on a single screen. Wow!
Academy award winner, Micahel Moore, is the State's volunteer programmer, and he brings the best available movies to the State's 50' screen with 16,000 watt state-of-the-art Dolby Digital sound. Plus, the State has the most comfortable seats available anywhere -- and they were made in Michigan!
The State wants everyone to be able to attend the movies — their doors are open to everyone; showing films for kids on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., and great classic films for seniors at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, both for just 25 cents. They have the least expensive concessions around — you can get popcorn and soda for $2.00, candy for $3.00, and $1.00 candy during 25 cent shows.
Their single screen runs at least four films daily, and volunteers help visitors enjoy Doc Night Mondays, $3 Friday Night Flicks, live events via satellite like the Metropolitan Opera, Baby Days for caregivers, holiday specials, and regular screenings in partnership with area non-profits. School groups regularly come in the mornings to screen films, and we do lots of other free events open to the public — open house week during spring break, student films, big games for our state and local high school teams.
Making plans for this Hallow's Eve? The State Theatre will be showing "The Dark Side of Hollywood: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" at 11 a.m. (this film is not rated); "Enough Said" (PG-13) at 4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; and their special event for the evening is "Frankenstein with Traverse Symphony Orchestra Live" (not rated) at 6:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
For more information on the films, other showings and inquiries, please visit: http://www.statetheatretc.org/schedule/
The film "Enough Said," is scheduled to also play on Halloween at 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Enough Said is about a divorced and single parent, Eva, who spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse, but dreads her daughter leaving the nest for college. Eva soon meets Albert, a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance blooms, Eva befriends Marianne, a beautiful poet and new massage client, who rags on about her ex-husband way too much. Because of the rags, Eva finds herself doubting her blossoming relationship with Albert and learns the truth about Marianne's Ex (dun dun dun!).
The films for viewing on this Hallow's Eve and Halloween night are insightful, comedic, romantic and a life exploration you don't want to miss out on!
See you there!
State Theatre, 233 E. Front St., Traverse City. 231.947.4800.