603 E. Liberty Street,
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Michigan Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: Butterfield Theaters
Architects: Maurice H. Finkel
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Independent)
Styles: Mediterranean Revival
News About This Theater
- Jun 21, 2014 — Michigan Theater to buy State Theatre
- Sep 16, 2011 — Michigan Theater to again host Sundance screening in January
- Jul 16, 2008 — More classics at the Michigan
- Apr 11, 2008 — 'All About Eve' with Celeste Holm in person - April 12, 2008
- Apr 10, 2008 — Old Wagner plastic marquee letters for sale
- Oct 12, 2006 — Historic Michigan Theater restored by SmithGroup wins award
- Sep 30, 2004 — Beach Boys' Brian Wilson To Perform at Michigan Theatre
- Aug 6, 2004 — Actor Introduces His Latest Film at the Michigan Theatre
- Jul 5, 2004 — July 4th Observance -- Fridley Theatres Debate
- Jul 2, 2004 — "Fahrenheit 9/11" 'Star' Lila Lipscomb at Michigan Theatre
This theater is a classic movie palace, opening on January 5, 1928 with seating for 1,841 and located near the University of Michigan.
During a recent restoration, the 1,700 seat Michigan Theater added a second 200 seat screen next to the main auditorium, and installed a new marquee to replace the older, 1950’s-era marquee (seen at right). This new marquee reveals much more of the theater’s facade, instead of hiding it. The theater retains its original Barton theater organ, installed in 1928.
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Recent comments (view all 40 comments)
Maybe I’m the only person who remembers this, but back in 1978 when Butterfield moved out of the Michigan there was serious talk of Jacobson’s moving in, gutting the interior and making it a new store (with movie theaters in the balcony). Though I’ve been seriously disappointed by many (most) of the changes I’ve seen in my hometown, the restoration of the Michigan is a big plus.
There was a lot of talk like that, including turning the building into a warehouse. The Michigan is the best kind of success story.
I like the old style marquee better than the new one,which is always the case.
Wrong rating on DAISY MILLER it was rated PG.Why do i catch all these mistakes.Ever look at a one sheet guys.
Was that"BUCK ROGERS" the re-cut TV show for the big screen.Just wondering.
Is that a “JABBERWOCKY” one sheet in front? Sure looks like it.
Mike, I’m looking at a one-sheet for Daisy Miller and it has a G rating on it. IMDB also has it as G.
‘'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’‘ was out in 1978,(I think,I drove to the movie so it had to be then) they then made the TV show from the movie, Gil Gerard was the star of both.
it actually seats 1,590 people
Link with 1976 photos.