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.

April 17, 2017

April is traditionally a time here at the State and Bijou when we throw open our doors to worthy local organizations to promote their worthy causes. Here's what's coming up starting this Friday, April 21:


March 31, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30, the State Theatre will join over 140 other theaters across the country for a nationwide simulcast of the film adaptation of George Orwell's "1984." Independent art houses are showing the film in support of the NEA, and they're showing it on April 4 because that's the day Winston Smith started keeping the illegal diary that frames the book's narrative.

March 19, 2017

Have you seen the new live-action "Beauty and the Beast" yet? If you haven't, or are ready to see it again, may we highly suggest that you forgo the drive out to the mall and instead be our guest*? Here's a few compelling reasons why you should see it at the State Theatre:

March 8, 2017


Ahh, Spring Break, that time-honored U.S. phenomenon and academic tradition that started during the 1930s as a special vacational period in early spring at universities and schools. For many it's a chance to get away, escape to warmer climates, and get a little R&R. But here at the State, we know better. 

March 6, 2017

If you haven't seen "Get Out" yet (which is currently playing at the Bijou until at least Thursday, March 16) you absolutely should. Though it is technically a horror movie, we would classify it more as a "horror" movie --as in, it's more about exposing the ills of society than grossing you out with blood and gore (check out this review from the A.V.

February 18, 2017

Few films are so beloved and influential that they've inspired their own religion. You may have heard of the Star Wars one (Jediism, which you can claim on the census in some countries), but you may not know that a film from the late 1990s -- about a stoner who stumbles into a kidnapping plot just because he wanted some sort of compensation for his soiled rug -- is responsible for another burgeoning faith: Dudeism.

February 18, 2017

Don't believe me? We've got our own real life Oscar®! Well, it's not our Oscar® (it belongs to this guy) but it'll be here on display in the State's lobby when the Oscars® hit our big screen on February 26, 2017.

February 9, 2017

Look, we all know Hallmark invented Valentine's Day in order to sell more greeting cards, but this made-up holiday isn't going anywhere. You might as well just engage and celebrate or else you'll be labeled a "scrooge" who doesn't have any "holiday spirit" instead of the being acknowledged as the liberated, free-thinker you truly are.

January 9, 2017

We've got a whole bunch of great special events programming coming up this month (and into next month, too) and you can click this one link right here to read them all on one page. OR you could continue past the fold and read little intro pieces about each one that synthesize them into a whole. Just click this one link, ok? But if you must, read on. I guess.




You're really reading on, huh? Fine. Whatever.

December 31, 2016

We've got the Oscar shoe-in musical extravaganza "La La Land" at the State (opened on Christmas day and will be here for at least three weeks). And if you haven't seen it yet, you're truly missing out.