State Theatre

913 Washington Avenue,
Bay City, MI 48708

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DavidZornig on March 11, 2019 at 6:37 pm

1908 post card as Bijou Theatre added courtesy Walter Jung. It shows how drastic the exterior remodeling was compared to the photos of it as State Theatre.

LouRugani on September 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Built in 1908 during the booming lumbering era in Michigan, the STATE Theatre was known as the BIJOU and was redone in 1930 by C. Howard Crane, who used local labor using hand-crafted plaster casts for the 9,500 square-foot theatre. As years passed and owners changed, the Mayan murals were painted over and water damage became evident. The Dow Chemical Company Foundation provided financial support for the restoration project.

SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 7:50 am

Theatre Historical Society will be visiting this theater during our 2011 Conclave – “The Michigan Roads Less Traveled” June 21-25. See the website for details

TLSLOEWS on December 27, 2009 at 11:55 am

New Marquee is nice, but I like the old one better,but no one asked me.

zabriskie on February 2, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Sorry, but I think the original marquee was much nicer and historically significant. the new one is flashy but too plastic.

kencmcintyre on January 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Here are some photos of the marquee coming down from the Bay City Times in August 2008:

Shemphoward on September 24, 2008 at 9:44 am

Re: the new marquee…………
Really would have loved to see a closer replica more true to the old “Bay” marquee, than this flashy digital animated thing. Yes, I’m a purist, but I really think this missed the mark.

johntru on September 24, 2008 at 12:25 am

More State Theater photos here:

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johntru on September 23, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Well, I’d remove the post but there doesn’t seem to be a way to do it. I’ll just use links from now on.

johntru on September 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm

August 15, 2008 — The State Theater Marquee in Bay City, Michigan was torn down to make way for a new digital Marquee. (Video by Julie McCallum of

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johntru on September 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Unveiling of the New Marquee at the State Theater in Bay City, MI on 9/11/2008

johntru on September 17, 2008 at 4:52 pm

This was the old marquee as it looked in February 2007.

Twistr54 on September 16, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Beautiful ! Very nice.

Twistr54 on September 16, 2008 at 11:34 am

Anyone take any photos of the new marquee??? please post. thanks

MPol on September 16, 2008 at 8:30 am

Cool stuff! Thanks for posting and sharing it. Wish I could’ve seen what the inside of the theatre looked like, but I wasn’t able to link onto that particular link. It looks like a gorgeous theatre, though.

vic1964 on April 12, 2007 at 2:22 pm

BayCityJohn! I enjoyed your video very much and wanted to share the fact that my beloved Capitol theatre in London Ontario was also a C Howard Crane Masterpiece.

johntru on October 12, 2006 at 5:51 pm

I made a video of the histor of theatres in Bay City for the State Theatre. It’s on YouTube, in 2 parts.

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johntru on October 12, 2006 at 5:15 pm

The State Theatre website has changed to:

johntru on October 12, 2006 at 5:09 pm

Here’s a few photos of the State Theatre after the renovation.
Click on the thumbnails for larger pic.

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 13, 2006 at 5:25 pm

I’m sure the Mayan marquee will be cool. But that well-maintained 50’s marquee with it’s tracers is cool too. If they have other projects they might spend money on, I say leave the marquee alone!

Suwanti on June 22, 2005 at 11:09 pm

It’s glad to learn that the beautiful theatre can be renovated and open to business.

Goodstooge on April 20, 2005 at 2:40 pm

I was just inside the State Theater on Sunday 4/19/05. The rennovations are looking great. The entire interior should be restored by sometime in September ‘05. Future plans include restoring the '30’s mayan style marquee outside as well. inside, the Theater looks like a miniture version of the Egyptian in Hollywood (excpet, of course in Mayan theme, versus Egyptian) I spent many hours in the state as a kid in the 60’s and 70’s, with no idea the history that lay beneath a few coats of “Butterfield green and beige” paint.