Based on current CDC guidelines FACE MASK ARE OPTIONAL (but still encouraged), FOR PATRONS OF OUR THEATERS.
Learn more about the COVID protocols that are in place at the State Theatre & Bijou By The Bay.
A: It depends on the meaning of best, easiest, and near. It also depends on the time of day and time of year (a rhyme!).
My personal favorite is Lot B just off the Parkway between Front St. and Cass. It’s easy to get in and out, has many long-term meters, and is a 3-minute walk to the either the State or Bijou. The Hardy Parking Garage at Park and State St. is very close and will keep your car dry and snow-free (unless you’re on the top deck). If you love to parallel park, and can find an open spot, and are willing to pay premium at the meters, there’s always Front St. near the theater.
If you don’t mind a 5 or 10-minute micro-trek, nearby neighborhoods between Boardman Ave. and Franklin St. have free street parking. (Be good to the neighbors!)
A: Yes! As we are still getting all our systems restarted, this will take a few weeks before we resume member discounts. Wherever your membership was at on March 12, 2020 when all theaters were shuttered by the state of Michigan, the remaining months of your annual membership will be honored beginning December 17.
A: Most definitely! We intend to keep the theaters and the film festival run mostly by volunteers. Volunteers are the heart and soul of this operation. We will announce within the month the reboot of our volunteer operation. For now, just stop by on the days we’re open and pitch in!
A: I guess we blame an economic system that is not based on the values of democracy which implies that everyone has a say in how the economy is run and that everyone has a seat at the table. Our system has rewarded the few with an out-of-control disparity in wealth and income, the lack of a living wage, and making the United States the only industrialized country where health care is not a human right. During the pandemic, those with money came to TC and bought up everything they could. Now, for many, those who work here can no longer live here. Only we can stop this.