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Introduction

Activities in the Ann Arbor area take many forms, including college life, high tech business, political activism, and sports excitement. For film lovers, the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor is a favorite destination.

The Michigan offers a wide variety of films that are shown every day of the year in at least one of two auditoriums—the Historic Auditorium (main theater) and the Screening Room. The many showtimes allow the Michigan to show the best selections of art film theaters, along with many other unique films.

If you enjoy the American independent, documentary, and British films that appear at the Landmark Main Art Theatre and the Maple Theater, many of them also are shown at the Michigan. Foreign language films add to the strong international flavor of Ann Arbor. And old movie buffs can satisfy their cravings during summer, Christmas, and University of Michigan-sponsored film series.

September 2013 at the Michigan included documentaries about J.D. Salinger, George Plimpton, and muscular dystrophy patient Christopher Rush. New films included the comedy Austenland, the science fiction thriller Europa Report, the Danish drama The Hunt, and the Israeli Palestinian film The Attack. The Monday Funnies Film Series launched with Annie Hall and Harold and Maude. Special film events included the screening of movies created at the Michigan Theater's Young Filmmakers Camp, and the start of the Lusophone Film Festival that was presented by the University of Michigan Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies program.

The programming of the Michigan extends a few hundred feet up Liberty Street, where the State Theater often picks up films whose runs have ended at the Michigan, but which are still in strong demand. The Michigan programs the films at the State, so the Michigan provides about four specialty films a day for Ann Arbor movie lovers. The double bill possibilities are intriguing, in an energetic downtown where your theater visit can also include a delicious dinner, a bookstore browse, or some coffee shop relaxation.

The influence of the Michigan has reached beyond the Ann Arbor and Detroit area. It has forged a relationship with the Sundance Film Festival that has included premieres of movies that will later appear at the festival. These premieres have included guest appearances by actors and filmmakers who helped create the featured movie.

 

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