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Abbas Kiarostami, an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and producer passed away on July 4 in Paris at the age of 76, after traveling there to receive treatment for cancer.
Tomorrow, July 4th, 2016, the State Theatre of Traverse City turns 100 years old. On its opening day on the 4th of July in 1916, hundreds showed up on Front Street to walk inside the brand new movie palace built by the Fitzpatrick-McElroy Company of Chicago. Then called the "Lyric Theatre," it sat over 900 people (this was before the invention of Cheetos), featured a "grind organ" which resembled a miniature pipe organ, and was home to a candy store (the concessions stand opened years later).
Don’t freak out, Finding Dory swims into the bay today!
Hey dudes and grumpy gills, the following blog post is written in whale. Wade at your own risk.
Have you ever curled up on a rainy day and lost yourself in a Jane Austen book? Or perhaps you’ve never read one and just really love to LOL? Then Love & Friendship is the film for you and you’re in luck because it’s making its way to the State Theater on Friday, June 3! Here are five reasons why you should check it out!
...but it's for a good reason: We're screening potential entries for this year's Traverse City Film Festival! You see all these stickers and cards? This is how we track our selections; each title on a card with designated stickers posted to a big board. Needless to say it's a very secret system, but we wanted to give you a glimpse of how the process works. We'll be annoucing our Film Festival schedule on June 24th so stay tuned!
Before he opened relations the People's Republic of China (and before, you know, he resigned in disgrace) President Richard Nixon took part in what may have been the most important summit of the 20th century; his meeting with Elvis Presley in the Oval Office of the White House on December 21, 1970. The photo of the two shaking hands is the single most requested photo of all the estimated eight million photos in the National Archives, believe it or not.
We've got two weeks worth of special events on the horizon starting today. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know:
It's our 100th anniversary this year, in case you didn't know. And while techincally the State has only been in existence since 1949, there has been a theater on this site since 1916 (The Lyric Theater, which burned down twice.) From July, 1916 through July, 2016, it's been a Century of Cinema in Traverse City! And in preparation for this year’s State Theatre Centennial Celebration, we're asking you to share your memories of our beloved theater!
What's a bumper? It's a short film designed to film before a feature film extolling the virtues of the TCFF. And it's time for you to get cracking making one and entering it in our annual TCFF Bumper Contest for a chance to win cash prizes, including a Grand Prize of $1,000.