233 E. Front Street,
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State Theatre - Traverse City (Official)
Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres
Architects: Michael Fitzhugh
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
News About This Theater
- Sep 14, 2013 — Bijou By The Bay officially opens October 11
- Jun 15, 2013 — State Theatre to develop second theater
- Oct 11, 2012 — Michael Moore's theatre gets $125,000 upgrade aid
- Jan 4, 2012 — Traverse City MI Film Festival tops $500,000 goal
- Nov 23, 2011 — Michael Moore talks about helping to organize restoration of Downtown Flint's Capitol Theatre
- Nov 10, 2011 — Michael Moore fighting to save State Theatre
- Jul 3, 2011 — Theatre Historical Society Announces Awards
- Aug 1, 2010 — Michael Moore interested in refurbishing the Capitol Theatre
- Sep 25, 2009 — Michael Moore on film exhibition
- Aug 23, 2007 — Grand reopening of State Theater Nov. 17, 2007
- Aug 21, 2007 — State Theatre manager wanted
- Jun 4, 2007 — State Theater Lives again
Built on the site of the Lyric Theatre which was destroyed by a fire on January 3, 1948. (It has its own page on Cinema Treasures).
The State Theatre opened on June 30, 1949 with 1,023 seats.
The State Theatre closed on September 10, 1978 for remodeling into a twin screen cinema. In December 1984 it was purchased by the Kerasotes chain.
In January 1996 the State Theatre was purchased by Barry Cole for the Michigan Ensemble Theatre and it closed as movie theatre on April 13, 1996. A 6.9 million renovation into a Community Performing Arts Center was envisaged, but these plans stalled.
In September 2003 another restoration group took on a restoration project on the State Theatre.
In June 2005 it was given a general cleaning and fix up to prepare for the Traverse City Film Festival in July 2005.
The State Theatre was officially reopened on November 17, 2007 with a gala premiere of “The Kite Runner”. Today she sits in great shape with her neon State upright sign and large marquee in funtioning order.
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