The State Theatre
233 E. Front St.
The State Theatre is the home of the Traverse City Film Festival and the Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival. A classic Traverse City landmark, the State Theatre harkens back to the golden days of cinema. Originally built in 1916 and rebuilt in 1923 after a fire, it showed the first talking movie seen in northern Michigan in 1929 when it was known as the Lyric Theatre. Another fire gutted the building in January 1948. It reopened under the name State Theatre in June 1949 with then-elegant details like walnut paneling and plush carpet. Split into a duplex in the mid-seventies, a movie had not been shown on its restored single, main screen in almost 30 years until the first Traverse City Film Festival in 2005, when the theatre was “re-opened” by a dedicated army of volunteers. In 2007, Rotary Charities of Traverse City donated the State Theatre to the Traverse City Film Festival so that the festival would have a permanent home. Thanks to generous contributions from Deluxe Film Labs/EFilm, Fifth Third Bank, Michael Moore, the Buzz Wilson Family, Richard and Diana Milock, an anonymous donor, the Herrington-Fitch Foundation, The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation, Polly Jo and James Kemler, Hedges Mcdonald, Dennos family and the many generous individuals who have sponsored State Theatre seats at $1,000 a piece, all new projection and sound has been installed in the State Theatre, and the entire building has been upgraded with new seats, a new lobby, new carpeting, a starry night ceiling, and the best popcorn around. Call the State Theatre Hotline at 231-947-4800 for showtimes, or visit the State Theatre web site at www.statetheatretc.org to purchase tickets and for complete information.
The City Opera House
112 1/2 E. Front St.
Constructed in 1891, the City Opera House is a remarkable community asset. In 1897 it was the first commercial building in Traverse City to make use of the electric light. For many years this Victorian theater was a center for the community. Closed in the mid-forties, it was re-opened in the mid-eighties after a diligent restoration campaign with the goal of creating a community cultural center for frequent and diverse public use. Updates completed during the past year include a new grand entrance and balcony seating. Learn more about the City Opera House at www.cityoperahouse.org.
The Old Town Playhouse
148 E. Eighth St.
The Old Town Playhouse is home to the Traverse City Civic Players, which was created in April 1960 to bring amateur theatre to northern Michigan. Located just three blocks from downtown Traverse City, the Old Town Playhouse season runs annually from fall through summer with a variety of productions. Performance areas include a 358-seat main stage auditorium and an 80-seat studio theater. Learn more about The Old Town Playhouse at www.oldtownplayhouse.com.
The InsideOut Gallery
229 Garland St.
The InisdeOut Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in the mid-west with over 7,000 square feet. The gallery is housed in an old furniture warehouse building and located within the burgeoning warehouse district of Traverse City. InsideOut is host to the Outre Lounge, films, music, and art year-round and includes a 100-seat performance space. Learn more about the InsideOut Gallery at www.insideoutarttc.com.
243 E. Front St.
Horizon Books is an independent bookstore in downtown Traverse City with three floors of books, overlooking the bay & on the Boardman River. Learn more about the Horizon Books at www.horizonbooks.com.