State Wayne Theater

35310 W. Michigan Avenue,
Wayne, MI 48184

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The State Theater was first operated by the Shafers in 1946 for Wayne Amusements. It was just a couple of yards away from the Wayne Theatre in which it was meant to replace.

The State Wayne Theater was originally a single screen theater, later carved in 4 screens, when National Amusements operated the theater.

When the city of Wayne took over the theater, they took out the 2 existing storefronts and filled them in for restrooms.

As part of the agreement when the city took over the State Wayne Theaters from National Amusements, they could not show first run movies, only sub-run. The theater also has yearly plays put on.

By 2012 it was operated by Phoenix Theatres and in 2015 was playing first run movies.

Contributed by Sean Doerr, CharlesVanBibbber

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

sdoerr on November 4, 2004 at 11:37 pm

I never said there was nothing wrong with seeing a second run movie, I just feel it would do its best if it did first run, plus there is no first run movie theaters within the next 5-10 miles.

mila659 on February 12, 2005 at 11:46 pm

At the Penn we’re hoping to have first run and independent movies on the weekends, and classics during the week. Nothing is officially a ‘go’, however, until we can convince city council that it’s a worthwhile investment ;)

I’ll keep you all posted. Wish us luck!

mila659 on February 12, 2005 at 11:47 pm

Oops, forgot to mention that the Penn Theater is in Plymouth.

Blueberry on March 22, 2005 at 1:38 pm

So sorry, but there are a few first run movie theatres within 5-10 miles of this theatre… You must not live in the area, otherwise you would know that.

mila659 on March 22, 2005 at 2:49 pm

I’m a Plymouth native, actually.

After extensive research theater management I understand your reservations about running first run movies there. At present we’re surveying Plymouth City and Township to figure out what people will come and see. Thus far it looks like we’ll be showing more 2nd run films, classics and the occasional independent movie, as well offering children’s live entertainment, comedy nights, etc.

The Friends of the Penn will have its next meeting, “Envision the Penn”-Town Hall, on April 10th at 7pm in the Masonic Temple next to the Penn in downtown Plymouth. Please come to share your thoughts and hear the results of the survey. In the meantime continue checking the website: for updates.

-Jennifer Philpot-Munson

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Life's Too Short on January 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm

State Wayne Movie Listings:

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JackCoursey on July 25, 2010 at 4:46 am

The Wayne State is an icon; a remarkable piece of architecture and pure eye candy. A couple of 2010 photos for your pleaure:

CSWalczak on November 18, 2012 at 3:29 am

This theater has been renovated again and digital projection has been installed. View article. The theater is now being operated by Phoenix Theaters (the Michigan company, not Phoenix BIG Cinemas).

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