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.

September 15, 2016

It's about time that Art House Theaters, we bastions of art, tastemakers and trendsetters, and leaders in the field of film appreciation, get our own day of celebration, right? After all, if it weren't for us you'd be home watching "The Real Housewives of Tulsa," right? So it is with great pleasure that we present a whole day celebrating our shared legacy with other art houses around the country, Art House Theater Day!

September 8, 2016

With 60 days (ugh) left until the Presidental Election of 2016, we bring you two months worth of cinematic diversions, an Election Film Fest of some of our favorite politcal films, all for just one quarter dollar (25¢)! And we're showing them not just on Wednesday mornings, either; look for special evening screenings as scheduling permits. Here's a list of what's coming up:

September 1, 2016

The world lost an icon earlier this week.

August 18, 2016

Believe it or not there are several movie-specific websites that have gone unchanged for twenty years or longer. If you look hard enough you can find them but we've assembled a short list to get you started.


August 8, 2016

In the latest, excellent installment of the Bourne franchise of films (you know, where Matt Damon plays a super soldier/spy and every film ends with the same slammin' Moby song?) that we have playing at the Bijou this week, Damon only has 45 lines of dialogue!

July 10, 2016

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.

July 5, 2016

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).

June 16, 2016

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. 

June 2, 2016

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! 

May 23, 2016

...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!