January 29, 2016

Check Mike's Letter weekly for our reviews of the movies that are now playing and coming soon to the State and Bijou. It's also your best resource for details on special events and promotions at the theaters, and the hottest news about everything going on in the Traverse City Film Festival universe.

June 18, 2017

The start of summer is here and we've got some great special events at the State the Bijou coming up. Here's a quick guide to what to look forward to:

June 11, 2017

We've got the must-see blockbuster movie of the summer (Wonder Woman, of course) at the State right now and we'll be holding it for a third week starting next Thursday! If you haven't seen it yet - and were maybe soured on DC superheroes after seeing the terrible Batman Vs. Superman from last year - we highly suggest you give this movie a try.

May 25, 2017

We're opening the latest in Disney's "The Pirates of the Caribbean" franschise at the Bijou today (the fifth installment, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", to be precise) and we're happy to report the most exciting performance in the film is not that of returning swashbuckler

May 7, 2017

We've got the spectacular sequel to 2014's "The Guardians of the Galaxy," (the proverbial "Vol. 2") showing at the State this week (we know, at the STATE! Can you believe it?!) and then moving to the Bijou this coming Friday (May 12). The follow up to the first film features pretty much all your favorite characters, but with an added bonus.

April 21, 2017

If you haven't heard about the crowdpleasing gem opening today at the

April 17, 2017

April is traditionally a time here at the State and Bijou when we throw open our doors to worthy local organizations to promote their worthy causes. Here's what's coming up starting this Friday, April 21:


March 31, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30, the State Theatre will join over 140 other theaters across the country for a nationwide simulcast of the film adaptation of George Orwell's "1984." Independent art houses are showing the film in support of the NEA, and they're showing it on April 4 because that's the day Winston Smith started keeping the illegal diary that frames the book's narrative.

March 19, 2017

Have you seen the new live-action "Beauty and the Beast" yet? If you haven't, or are ready to see it again, may we highly suggest that you forgo the drive out to the mall and instead be our guest*? Here's a few compelling reasons why you should see it at the State Theatre:

March 8, 2017


Ahh, Spring Break, that time-honored U.S. phenomenon and academic tradition that started during the 1930s as a special vacational period in early spring at universities and schools. For many it's a chance to get away, escape to warmer climates, and get a little R&R. But here at the State, we know better. 

March 6, 2017

If you haven't seen "Get Out" yet (which is currently playing at the Bijou until at least Thursday, March 16) you absolutely should. Though it is technically a horror movie, we would classify it more as a "horror" movie --as in, it's more about exposing the ills of society than grossing you out with blood and gore (check out this review from the A.V.