State Theatre

233 S. State Street,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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JackCoursey
JackCoursey on June 6, 2010 at 8:40 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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 25, 2009 at 7:09 pm

This is a recent night photo.

jumbobrain
jumbobrain on August 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

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.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 7, 2008 at 8:54 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!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 14, 2008 at 12:13 pm

A few more photos of the State Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 31, 2008 at 11:36 am

Another recent night view can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 30, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Here is a different view of the State Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 4, 2008 at 7:23 pm

This is a 2008 night view of the State Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 1, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Up close and personal with the State Theater.

burns2000
burns2000 on November 27, 2007 at 8:46 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”

Skyler
Skyler on November 26, 2007 at 12:57 pm

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

http://www.skylermiller.com/state/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 24, 2007 at 6:00 pm

This is a more recent photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 10, 2007 at 8:06 pm

A 2007 close-up photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 9, 2007 at 7:24 am

Here is a 2007 photo of the State Theater at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 4, 2007 at 2:47 pm

The address is 233 South State St.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 4, 2007 at 4:21 am

This is another recent photo of the State Theater.

StateTwinA2
StateTwinA2 on November 11, 2006 at 8:18 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 7, 2006 at 2:40 pm

Here is a recent night view of the State Theater.

smendel
smendel on September 28, 2006 at 4:47 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2006 at 8:45 am

There are a couple of recent photos of the State theater at this link. Click each photo to expand it.