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 21, 2016
Drive into basically any town in America and you'll see the golden spoked logo of Rotary International, a non-denominational service organization dedicated to bringing together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Well, you probably only knew that. But did you know they do a mean song and dance, too?
April 14, 2016

It's our 100th anniversary this year, in case you didn't know. And while techincally the State has only been in existence since 1949, there has been a theater on this site since 1916 (The Lyric Theater, which burned down twice.) From July, 1916 through July, 2016, it's been a Century of Cinema in Traverse City! And in preparation for this year’s State Theatre Centennial Celebration, we're asking you to share your memories of our beloved theater!

April 7, 2016

What's a bumper? It's a short film designed to film before a feature film extolling the virtues of the TCFF. And it's time for you to get cracking making one and entering it in our annual TCFF Bumper Contest for a chance to win cash prizes, including a Grand Prize of $1,000.

March 27, 2016
It's Spring Break Week! We've got 35 FREE movies (well, only 20 left as I write this) for you to while away your mornings, afternoons, or evenings all week. Here's a breakdown of some of our top picks. Get your FREE tickets now online, over the phone, or by visiting the State Theatre box office.

"The Walk"

March 18, 2016
If you haven't seen it yet, Disney's latest animated offering "Zootopia" (now playing at the Bijou by the Bay in both regular and select 3D screenings) is well worth your time.

What at first glance looks like just a kids movie is actually a pretty compelling police procedural. It's connecting with both kids at adults, but it's not doing so in that ham-handed way something like "Shrek" would with pop culture references and jokes that instantly date themselves.
March 10, 2016

It's so warm in Traverse City, most people we know are cancelling their trips to Barbados and the Cameron Highlands so they can enjoy Spring Break Staycation at the State March 25-31 — 35 movies in 7 days, all for FREE!
There's something for everybody — we've got spies and dolphins, lovers and fighters, Martians and captains, and movie stars galore. Plus we've got kids matinees every morning, all FREE, with a star map presentation by astronomer Jerry Dobek most mornings at 9:45 am.

March 5, 2016

On Sunday, March 6, after the 5:15 screening of his new film “Where to Invade Next,” Michael Moore will Skype in to present Hammer & Chisel awards honoring people who take big risks, who have courage, who get the ball rolling against insurmountable odds, and do good things in our community and for our country.

oscar party 2016
March 3, 2016

Sure, you may have heard Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won his Oscar this past Sunday (yaaaaaaaay! - you can check out his performance in "The Revenant" this week at the State), but the real winners were those who joined us at our annual State Theatre Academy Awards Party and/or entered our Oscar Ballot Contest! 

February 17, 2016

“Vote for me and all of your wildest dreams will come true!” - Napolean Dynamite

February 3, 2016

Notice anything different? Our new website has a vastly improved calendar, easy access to film info, and pretty pictures. It's mobile-enabled, so you can look at it on big screens and small ones, too. It's easy for us to get you more information more quickly.