State Theatre

913 Washington Avenue,
Bay City, MI 48708

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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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

This is a nice 2009 photo.

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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2008 at 8:17 pm

If the image is located in a Photobucket account and you rename, move, or delete it, the photo will no longer appear here. Just a box will appear stating that the image has been moved or deleted. If you choose to do that, you could post the link in a new comment. It’s up to you if you want to go that route.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2008 at 7:49 pm

You can’t remove them. Don’t worry about it. If management feels that they are a problem, they will remove them.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Where is Joe Vogel? See Joe, many people embed photos. In case your wondering what I’m talking about, read the comment on the Wiltern Theater listing dated Sep 23, 2008 at 4:38pm.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 20, 2007 at 7:21 pm

This website has a number of photos of the State Theater including the Bay and the Bijou.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2007 at 8:13 pm

The Related Websites link needs to be updated. This is the correct link. In addition to movies, this is also a performing arts theater. 600 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 9:04 am

A Barton theater organ was installed in the Orpheum Theater in 1921 so it was named the Orpheum by that time.