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      233 East Front Street
      Traverse City, MI 49684

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      Neighborhood: Downtown Traverse City
      The State Theatre is the home of the Traverse City Film Festival. A classic Traverse City landmark, the State Theatre harkens back to the golden days of... read more
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      The State Theatre is the home of the Traverse City Film Festival. A classic Traverse City landmark, the State Theatre harkens back to the golden days of cinema. Originally built in 1916 and rebuilt in 1923 after a fire, it showed the first talking movie seen in northern Michigan in 1929 when it was known as the Lyric Theatre. Another fire gutted the building in January 1948. It reopened under the name State Theatre in June 1949 with then-elegant details like walnut paneling and plush carpet. Split into a duplex in the mid-seventies, a movie had not been shown on its restored single, main screen in almost 30 years until the first Traverse City Film Festival in 2005, when the theatre was "re-opened" by a dedicated army of volunteers. In 2007, Rotary Charities of Traverse City donated the State Theatre to the Traverse City Film Festival so that the festival would have a permanent home. Thanks to generous contributions from Deluxe Film Labs/EFilm, Fifth Third Bank, Michael Moore, the Buzz Wilson Family, Richard and Diana Milock, an anonymous donor, the Herrington-Fitch Foundation, The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation, Polly Jo and James Kemler, Hedges Mcdonald, Dennos family and the many generous individuals who have sponsored State Theatre seats at $1,000 a piece, all new projection and sound has been installed in the State Theatre, and the entire building has been upgraded with new seats, a new lobby, new carpeting, a starry night ceiling, and the best popcorn around. Call the State Theatre Hotline at 231-947-4800 for showtimes, or visit the State Theatre web site at http://www.statetheatretc.org to purchase tickets and for complete information.

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