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.

July 16, 2020


I hope you’re all feeling OK today. We’ve decided not to wait until Washington acts to announce the nationwide shut-down we all know is urgently needed to beat back COVID-19. We are, immediately, closing the State and Bijou theaters in Traverse City.  The absolute best way to prevent contracting the virus or giving it to someone else is to fully limit our contact with other people. A movie theater, by its nature, is about coming together with other people to enjoy a film. For now, watching movies will have to be done at home. 

April 8, 2020

We’re excited to be able to continue to offer an excellent, curated selection of first-run films even while our theaters are temporarily closed. You can stream titles that would typically only be playing on the silver screen, now available exclusively through arthouse theaters. While we can't give you our popcorn recipe, otherwise it's like bringing the State and Bijou home! 

March 14, 2020


Here at the State and Bijou the heart of our mission is bringing people together to experience the power of film and the belief that this communal experience strengthens our community and the world. 

At the same time, our top priority is always the safety of our filmgoers, employees, and volunteers. So while health and safety precautions are already part of our standard operating procedures, in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns we wanted to update you on the extra steps we are taking to up our game and ensure our community stays healthy. 

February 20, 2020

Sometimes a film comes along that is too niche for a an extended run and multiple screenings at the State, but is still too fabulous or fascinating to not show. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a series of movies you need to see, showing late night each Saturday from February 22 through March 21. What are they? We’re glad you asked:

January 22, 2020

Rejoice, for the days are getting longer (thanks goodness) and we've just confirmed our lineup of late winter/early spring FNF's, Classic, and Kid's Matinees! We've got some classics you've surely seen before plus new titles (and themes) that we've never shown on our screen. And stay tuned for our Spring Break Schedule (a week of FREE movies - March 27 through April 2, 2020), which we'll be releasing soon!

**Films Subject to Change**

FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS - Admission $3 or 2 for $5

December 31, 2019

In 2019, we ran a remarkable 2,944 screenings of 337 different films and events. From the very best of new releases (comedies, drama, documentaries, foreign films!) to our 25 cent matiness and community events, there was something for everyone. And get this, over 25% of our tickets were given away for free or at low cost! Our thanks to our incredible volunteers who make it possible for us to bring such rich, vibrant, and varied programming downtown. 


November 29, 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year, our 2019 holiday film schedule is here! We hope you'll join us for all of the merry movies. Browse the schedule below and purchase your tickets in advance - some showtimes will sell out quickly *cough cough Polar Express PJ Party cough cough*!)

Wednesday, December 4
Remember the Night - 10:30 am – 25¢

Friday, December 6
Anna and the Apocalypse - Late Night - $3 or 2 for $5

November 10, 2019

Break out the heavy jackets and get in line to get your snow tires swapped out because WINTER IS BASICALLY HERE, Y'ALL. Can you believe it? It's barely November. Seem’s just like yesterday we were getting ready for fall to begin. But alas we’ve got a wonderful lineup of FNF’s, Kids and Classic Matinees booked through January to keep you going through yet another winter season! Check'em out!

**Films Subject to Change**

FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS - Admission $3 or 2 for $5

September 24, 2019

You know that quote? It’s from a movie we’re going to show. Read on to find out which one, and to find out all the special screenings and events we’ve got lined up for October and Halloween!

August 20, 2019

Break out the light jackets and get in line for those PSL’s because FALL IS BASICALLY HERE. Can you believe it? Seem’s just like yesterday we were getting ready for summer to begin. Alas the relentless, cruel march of time barrels on, bringing us all ever closer to the grave. BUT before that happens, we’ve got a wonderful lineup of FNF’s, Kids and Classic Matinees booked through October! Want some highlights? Here you go: