Ann Arbor's non-profit center for fine film and the performing arts

What's happening
at the

Past Series & Archive of Ongoing Series


The Studio Ghibli Collection – A 30-Year Retrospective

October – December, 2014. Some of the greatest and most influential films of all time from the legendary Japanese animation team at Studio Ghibli.  More >>


Hitchcock Film Series

Presented by Zounds Hearing Aids.  

February – May 2014. During his nearly six-decade career, director Alfred Hitchcock built an arsenal of films that made him one of the most influential filmmakers of all time—as well as an expert in voyeurism, psychological games, and the art of the MacGuffin.  The Michigan Theater screened 33 of Hitchcock’s most interesting works as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen. The line-up included nine brand-new restorations of his silent films (featuring live accompaniment on our Barton Organ), special pre-film introductions by university film scholars and critics, and more. More >>


Family-Friendly Film Series

The Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation is an ongoing series on Sundays at 1:30 PM. Free for kids 12 & under!


Science on Screen

This ongoing series creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.  Each film is used as a jumping off point for the speaker to reveal current scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment –  even for the most science-phobic culture vulture! More >>

Movies 201

Building on the success of the inaugural Movies 101 course from fall 2012, Movies 201 focused on 4 major technological innovations as mileposts. EMU film studies professor Dr. Henry Aldridge  presented a short history of American film during 4 Sunday afternoon sessions in January and February 2013. Each presentation was held at the Michigan Theater and included a lecture and a screening. More >>


Not Just For Kids

The Michigan Theater has presented the best in family-friendly theater and music since 1990. These amazing live shows and concerts have offered wholesome entertainment for the entire family. It’s also a fun way to introduce children to live theater and symphony concerts. More >>


Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series

Presented by the UM Confucius Institute. This film series is free and open to the public! Curated by Mark Nornes, Chair of the UM Screen Arts and Cultures, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute present Electric Shadows: U-M Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series. Featuring five of the most exciting films released in 2013, ranging from romantic comedy to science fiction. More >>


Summer Classic Film Series

Sundays at 1:30 PM and Tuesdays at 7 PM, this annual summer series has presented something for everyone – silent films, comedies, epics, musicals, action-adventure, and more. More >>


Motor City Movies: Discovering Detroit

September – November, 2012. The Michigan Theater celebrated the Motor City with an eclectic series of classic and contemporary films set and filmed in Detroit. The series kicked off with the first-run film, Detropia. More >>


Agnieszka Holland Film Retrospective

September – Octber, 2012. Presented by the UM Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. FREE and open to the public.
Agnieszka Holland studied film directing at FAMU in Prague and began her film career working with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before directing her own films, which were soon winning awards at festivals – [Cannes (1980), Gdansk, Berlin (1981), Montreal (1985,1987), Golden Globe Award (1991)] – and gaining notoriety as part of the Polish New Wave. Holland is best known in the United States for her Oscar-Nominated Angry HarvestEuropa, Europa, and Warner Bros. fims: Olivier, Olivier and  The Secret GardenMore >>


Summer Documentaries

Presented by the Ann Arbor Chronicle this summer series ran in 2011. More >>


Holiday Classic Film Series

Every December on Sundays at 1:30 PM, this series features family favorites both old and new. View the films that screened in the past years’ series.   More >>