ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The historic Michigan Theater and State Theatre are taking it slow when it comes to reopening.
On Thursday, the Michigan Theater Foundation (MTF), which operates both of the downtown Ann Arbor independent theaters, announced that neither theater would fully reopen until April.
According to the Michigan Theater’s reopening plan:
“The MTF received permission from the State of Michigan to reopen the historic Michigan and State theaters in downtown Ann Arbor on December 21, 2020. For reasons of safety, the MTF team made the conscious decision to delay a full public reopening for three reasons:
- The rise in the infection rate after the Christmas/New Year holiday.
- Consumer concerns about a new, more infectious strain of the COVID-19 virus.
- A paucity of current film releases making programming the theaters of limited appeal.”
Beginning April 1, theater management anticipates being able to offer regular public movie screenings and special events as COVID-19 vaccination efforts are accelerated, says the plan.
Over the upcoming months, the two theaters will host socially distanced events, including film screenings, concerts, celebrations, educational activities and programs involving the upcoming film award season.
Some events will be open to the public while others will only be open to MTF members, sponsors and others in the community.
Currently, film fans can watch movies at home through the Michigan Theater Virtual Movie Palace or privately rent a theater for movies or activities.
Virtual events and Michigan Theater concessions are also available.
After much discussion, the MTF team has made the decision to delay a full public reopening until April. But until then, "we will host special socially-distanced events at the Michigan and State theaters for our members and our general public" Read more at: https://t.co/ewdgCYFBZf— Michigan Theater (@michigantheater) January 15, 2021