Your Guide to Classic Movie Theater Filmgoing!
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In downtown Ann Arbor, at 603 East Liberty Street (between State and Division). It's right across the street from the downtown Borders store. Freeway access includes the Main Street exit from M-14, the Plymouth Road exit from I-23, and the State Street exit from I-94.
The theater validates two hours of parking at the Maynard Street parking garage, which is southwest of the theater between Liberty and William.
The Liberty Square parking garage is also near the Michigan. You can access this garage from Washington, which is one block north of Liberty. A pedestrian entrance to this garage is on Liberty, and it's only a short walk east to the theater (without having to cross a street). On Sunday, most of the garage is free all day.
Street parking in Ann Arbor street is a challenging and creative exercise. Parking meters are not enforced after 6 p.m., but good luck finding an empty parking space. If you cruise up and down Washington, you might find the open parking lot of a business that is closed in the evening.
Ticket prices range from $7 to $10. General admission is $10. You pay $8 if you are a student with a valid ID; a U.S. military veteran; a senior citizen (over 65); or a child under 12. Michigan Theater members at the Basic and Premium level pay $7.50 for single tickets.
If you buy a booklet of eight tickets ($72 for non-members and $58 for members), the ticket price drops to $9 for non-members and $7.25 for members (and also saves you time waiting in line). Veterans are admitted for free during the Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day weekends.
For shows starting before 6 p.m. (except holidays) , tickets are $7 for admission to all regular screenings.
Membership benefits include free and discounted admission to films.
The ticket office opens 1/2 hour before a show starts.
Regular presentations include new American independent, foreign language, documentary, and British films. The University of Michigan presents thematic series of films that are sponsored by UM departments.
Short films from different sources are shown during the annual Ann Arbor Film Festival in March. Individual films are sponsored by special interest groups in the local college and business community. The Michigan also participates in the annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival.
Holiday-related movies are shown at Halloween and Christmas. A series of classic films is shown in the summer. The Family-Friendly Film Series has included movies like The Wizard of Oz, The Muppet Movie, and the Wallace and Gromit comedies.
Films are shown almost every day of the year in at least one of the two auditoriums (main theater or Screening Room). If the theater is hosting a live concert, only the Screening Room shows a movie.
Organ concerts start about 15 minutes before many of the films in the main theater and the Screening Room.
A good source of information about the Michigan Theater is the monthly Current entertainment magazine, which is available for free in public places in the Ann Arbor area (including a sidewalk stand in front of the Michigan). It includes a paid ad for the Michigan that gives you a good overview of what's happening that month.
For telephone information 24 hours a day, you can call 734-668-TIME (8463). For each movie at the theater, a recorded message tells you its starting time and the auditorium where it's playing (main theater or Screening Room).
This web site is not affiliated with the Detroit Film Theatre, the Michigan Theater, or the Redford Theatre.
Web Site copyright © 2013 by Robert Hollberg Smith, Jr.
Launched November 25, 2005.
Last updated May 15, 2013.
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