Your Guide to Classic Movie Theater Filmgoing!
The Michigan Theater has a deep appreciation for the contributors to its growth, and for the Ann Arbor community that it serves so well. Plaques and pictures remind visitors of the commitment and dedication that has saved, restored, and maintained the theater.
The hallway to the Screening Room includes the Ford Gallery of Ann Arbor Founders, a fascinating collection of historical facts and images. You'll learn such things as where the "Ann" in Ann Arbor came from and what other movie theaters used to be in the city. You'll also see the lettering from the 1950's-era marquee that generated feelings of nostalgia when it was replaced by the current marquee.
The Michigan has shown much support for U.S. military veterans. Admission for veterans is discounted, and sometimes free of charge. Donations for currently serving soldiers have been collected.
Independent filmmakers are always welcome at the Michigan. The annual Ann Arbor Film Festival has achieved such prominence that a compilation of its highlights travels to other art film theaters. The Cinetopia International Film Festival gathers films from different film festivals and also includes guest appearances by filmmakers.
Participants in summer film camps get to see their work projected on the big screen. Films and audience discussions often go together, like at a screening of the documentary Refusing to Be Enemies, about the relationships among 12 women of Jewish or Arabic descent.
An immediate feeling of community is vibrantly felt between movies. The Michigan straddles the boundary between the University of Michigan campus and downtown Ann Arbor, so there's always a mixture of townspeople and UM students in attendance. The Grand Foyer often becomes a lively, impromptu meeting place for people going to and coming from one of the two auditoriums.
Under the warm glow of the Michigan marquee, the intersection of sidewalk strollers with filmgoers stirs up friendly encounters. As you head out into the hustle and bustle of the city streets, your experience at the Michigan is already becoming a pleasant memory.
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Launched November 25, 2005.
Last updated July 26, 2015.
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