Awards

Best Local Film Festival

2015-2016
The Detroit Metro Times

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The Detroit Metro Times named the Cinetopia International Film Festival the best local film festival in Metro Detroit in their annual Best of Detroit ratings. Founded by the Michigan Theater in 2012, Cinetopia focuses on presenting feature length, story-based films – dramas, comedies and documentary films, from across the globe that have screened at the world’s best film festivals

Indiewire Influencer

2013
for Executive Director Russell B. Collins

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Executive Director Russell B. Collins was recognized by Indiewire, the leading news, information, and social networking site for the international independent film community, as one of their 2013 Indiewire Influencers. The Indiewire Influencers list recognizes 40 individuals and organizations from across the country that are shaping the future of the independent film industry. Indiewire also recognized that the Michigan Theater is “one of the nation’s most prestigious movie venues.”

Ambassador Award

2017

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Presented by the Ann Arbor Conventions and Visitors Bureau, for serving as a cultural ambassador to the southeastern Michigan area.

Outstanding Historic Theatre

2006

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Presented by the League of Historic American Theatres for outstanding historic preservation. This singular award praised our sustained high standards of excellence in vision, execution and service. It also recognized the impact of the theater’s programs and services to the community.

State of Michigan "Cool Cities" Grant Recipient

2005

Non-profit Enterprise at Work Excellence in Management Award

1999

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Presented in recognition of exemplary management, effective planning, innovative use of resources, and outstanding achievements.

Deals of the Year (Nominee)

2014
The Ann Arbor News

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One of three nonprofit organizations nominated by the Ann Arbor News for their 10th annual Deals of the Year award. Nominees are selected in seven business sector categories that represent the organizations, transactions and individuals that most impacted the business community over the previous year. The Michigan Theater was nominated for its purchase of the State Theatre which prevented the historic art deco facility from being turned into office space.

Sundance Festival USA Official Venue

2010-2014

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Selected as an official venue of the Sundance Film Festival. The MTF was one of a handful of venues across the nation selected to present a premiere screening of a Sundance Film festival film. Other cities selected for this honor included New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, Madison, San Francisco and Boston. Ann Arbor was the smallest city of those selected and the MTF was the largest venue participating.

Finalist, Governor's Award for Arts & Culture

2007

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Presented by ArtServe Michigan, the “Guuvy’s” were Michigan’s highest Arts Honor recognizing outstanding support of arts and culture in Michigan.

Commended by the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission

2006

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For the permanent installation of the Ford Gallery of Ann Arbor History in the Michigan Theater.

Great Lakes Community Arts Award

2005

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Presented by the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies in celebration of outstanding commitment to arts and culture in Michigan.

Michigan Society of Architects Award of Honor

1987

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For excellence in restoration and renovation.

Detroit Arts Challenge Recepient

2013-2014
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Awarded funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to further expand the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Detroit. The Michigan Theater was one of 56 organizations awarded funding out of over 1,400 applicants.

Institutional Capitalization Grant

2010
Kresge Foundation

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The Michigan Theater was awarded a $1.0 million Institutional Capitalization grant from the Kresge Foundation; 141 applications from across the country were submitted, MTF was one of only nine organizations awarded. MTF successfully met the $1.0 million match by raising over $1.0 million in donations from the community. The purpose of the grant and matching funds is to establish an initial $2.0 million Building Reserve Fund which will be used to ensure the long term sustainability of the facility and physical structure of the historic Michigan Theater.

Sundance Institute Art House Theater

2006-present

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Chosen by the Sundance Institute as one of only 14 theaters across the country to participate in a nationwide celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Sundance Institute, and one of only 12 selected for its prestigious Art House Project.

State History Award and Outstanding Preservation and Restoration Award

2005

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Presented by the Historical Society of Michigan for outstanding renovation and preservation efforts.

Commended by the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission

2005

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For faithfully respecting the historic qualities and character of the building and insuring its continued enjoyment by the residents of Michigan.

"Best Movie Theater" or "Best Place to See a Movie"

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Consistently voted “Best Place to See A Movie” or “Best Movie Theater” by the readers of The Ann Arbor News, The Michigan Daily and Current Entertainment Monthly, as well as being the winner of the WDIV-TV “Vote 4 the Best” Best Indie Theater award.