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Ann Arbor's State Theatre announces slate of films for Dec. 8 grand re-opening

Credit: VasenkaPhotography (flickr)
Credit: VasenkaPhotography (flickr)

ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Theater Foundation has announced the Friday, Dec. 8, grand re-opening of Ann Arbor's beloved State Theatre, with a full roster of films to kick off the occasion.

The public will be able to attend screenings of films, old and new, beginning Saturday, Dec. 9, with the 1 p.m. screening of "The Square," the winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and others like "Human Flow," "The Disaster Artist" and "Lady Bird," which recently broke a Rotten Tomatoes record with 100 percent positive reviews.

The State Theatre will also be celebrating its 75th birthday by screening wonderful films from 1942, including "The Fleet’s In," "Saboteur," "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Woman Of The Year." The goal, according to the State, is to show “the must-see” art-house films, as well as highly-celebrated festival programming, repertory films, cult classics and more.

Other highlights of the State's opening weekend include the Detroit-filmed "Destined," with a special guest appearance by director and Ann Arbor native Qasim Basir, and screenings of "The Big Lebowski," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and the longest running State Theatre midnight movie, "Harold and Maude," as part of the State's late-night series on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. 

Currently in the final stages of its renovation, the State Theatre has been an anchor for downtown Ann Arbor for 75 years. Over time it has brought rich history, diversity and excitement to the community, making the effort to restore the theater to its former glory and enhancing it with modern amenities that much more important. 

These upgrades will ensure that future generations will benefit from its cultural and economic impact, while helping to position the Michigan Theater Foundation as an international leader of art-house cinema programming. As an added bonus, the theater's iconic marquee will also help kick off the State Street District Moonlight Madness event with its official relighting this Friday at 6 p.m.

Over the past 10 months, the theater has undergone an $8.5 million transformation that has included picture-perfect re-creations of the original carpet from 1942, updated movie projection and sound systems, an increase in the number of screens from two to four, and most importantly for this writer, increased legroom and comfortable seating. Another important upgrade: the brand new full-sized elevator and escalator, making the theater fully accessible.

Guests will also be able to enjoy a full-service cocktail bar and some Michigan-themed snacks at the completely renovated concession stand. In addition, The State Theatre will provide assigned seating at the time of one's ticket purchase as part of its “No-Stress Reserved Seating” option. 

Advance tickets go on sale to the public this Friday at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase online at the State Theatre website. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for students, seniors and children under 12; and $7.50 for Michigan and State Theater members. Matinees (all shows before 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) are $7 for all guests. Late-night and midnight movies are $8. Special ticket prices will apply for special film presentations and non-State Theatre-sponsored films.

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