State Theatre

233 S. State Street,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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State Theatre

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Opened in 1942, the State Theatre has had a tough time staying open over the years. It seems to have finally found its groove now as a twinned art house theater for the college community of Ann Arbor.

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smendel on September 28, 2006 at 6:47 am

Having recently restored our seats, I know that Theater 1 has 315 seats and Theater 2 has 285.

StateTwinA2 on November 11, 2006 at 10:18 am

Does anyone have any old pictures of the interior before urban outfitters? these seem to be impossible to find.

Skyler on November 26, 2007 at 2:57 pm

This is a website I put together a few years ago about the history of the State Theatre:

burns2000 on November 27, 2007 at 10:46 am

i have a beautiful oil painting of the state theater painted by milt kemnitz
on the theater marquee is the film “please don’t eat the daisies”

DonSolosan on November 7, 2008 at 10:54 pm

When I arrived in Ann Arbor in 1985, this theater was showing porn at night (I can’t remember what they were showing during the day). By the time I left, they had dropped the porn and were just showing regular movies. Even so, I never saw a movie there. Between the Michigan and the film groups holding screenings on campus, there was no shortage of movies to choose from. I do remember seeing the poster for Manhunter (1986) on display and being interested in that, but I didn’t see it until much later on VHS. What a shame!

jumbobrain on August 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I worked at the State during the split into four theaters, and did get some pictures of it before the work began. I will have to see if I still have those around…if I can find them I’ll post them here. I remember it was a TERRIBLE job, the same philosophy that had hacked up the Michigan in the 1950s…the art deco red glass exterior was smashed off and replaced with ugly green bathroom tile. There were two half-circle couches in the upstairs lobby that were still in decent shape, but they were pulled out and replaced with generic patio furniture. And a really nice art deco mural running along the ceiling edge was painted black. sigh.

JackCoursey on June 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

There is hope for this art deco delight. First is that it has a great staff looking after it and second is that much of the original interior is still somewhat intact and salvageable. Take a peak at these photos from June 2010: 1, 2, 3, 4

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