Film aficionados, rejoice! After a year of renovations, the highly anticipated public reopening of the State Theatre will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Special members-only events will occur the night before.
The renovation of the 1942 movie theater features four custom cinema screening rooms ranging from 50-135 seats, a full-service bar, and expanded concession offerings. All four cinemas will feature state of the art digital projection, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, ample leg room, and will be handicap accessible.
By adding four screens to the downtown film experience, both at the State and Michigan Theaters will be able to show more films, than ever before. The State Theatre program will include the best new releases as well as highly-celebrated festival programming, repertory films, cult classics, and more.
All seating will be assigned and can be reserved at time of ticket purchase online or in-person at the box office. Customers will be encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the State Theatre’s exclusive pre-show entertainment of rare clips, videos, and shorts that are custom-curated to complement each feature film or event.
Designed by Detroit-based architect C. Howard Crane, the State Theatre first opened its doors in 1942. The premiere film was, Hey Girls, the Fleet’s In! The movie starred Dorothy Lamour and William Holden with Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra. Adults paid 25 cents before 5 p.m. and 40 cents afterward. Children's tickets were only 11 cents!