History

Just in time for its 75th birthday, the State Theatre’s youthful glory has been restored.

Our team worked tirelessly to bring the best of the past together with modern, cutting-edge technology for a state-of-the-art cinematic experience. From picture-perfect recreations of the original carpet from 1942 to updated movie projection and sound systems, every detail recaptures the State Theatre’s Art Deco magic while ensuring the best film-going experience available.

State’s History

1942:   The State Theatre, designed by renowned architect C. Howard Crane, opened with the romantic comedy “The Fleet’s In.”

1977:  Divided into a four-screen multiplex by Butterfield Theatres.

1987:  Sold to Tom Borders, who redesigned the theater’s main floor for retail and mothballed the second floor balcony.

1992:  Balcony reopened as a two-screen second-run film theater.

1997:  Sold to a local investor group.

1999:  Michigan Theater contracted to provide film programming and marketing services.

2007:  Michigan Theater board and staff created a contingency plan to respond to a possible threat to the State Theatre.

2014:  Michigan Theater purchased the State Theatre cinemas to preserve and improve them.

2016:   The State Theatre closed for renovations.

2017:   A rejuvenated State Theatre reopened in December, featuring 4 screens, comfortable reserved seating, improved accessibility, and an expanded concessions menu.

The State Theatre Through the Years