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Famed theater architect C. Howard Crane, who also designed the Fox Theater in Detroit, designed the State Theatre in downtown Ann Arbor- learn more and get location information at About The State Theatre

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $7!  No refunds or exchanges. Comp passes will not be accepted. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com and at the State box office. Doors open at 11:15 PM each night. Prop bags will be for sale at the door for $5. ALL bags will be searched for forbidden objects. Possession of forbidden objects will be grounds for removal from theater without refund. Forbidden objects include but are not limited to: rice, confetti, alcohol, fake blood, toilet paper, outside food and...

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Dear White People

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Dear White People

Opening Friday, October 24 at the State, with special matinee on Tuesday, October 28 at 2 PM at the Michigan. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to...

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Ponyo

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Family Friendly Films, Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

Ponyo

Saturday, October 25 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series and The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies at the State Theatre. Free for kids 12 & under! Special support from Gretchen’s House. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Welcome to a world where anything is possible! Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney bring to life a heartwarming and imaginative telling of Hans Christian...

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KiKi’s Delivery Service

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

KiKi’s Delivery Service

Wednesday, October 29 at 7 PM. Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Discover KiKi’s Delivery Service, a fantastic coming-of-age tale full of magic, adventure and self-discovery from the sensational imagination of Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Kiki is an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her black cat, Jiji, Kiki flies off for the...

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Interstellar

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Interstellar

Opens Tuesday, November 4 at the State. ANN ARBOR 35MM EXCLUSIVE! Christopher Nolan‘s new film stars Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Wes Bentley, Ellen Burstyn, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo,  and more. Based mainly on the scientific theories and script treatment of renowned theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne, Interstellar is the latest film from Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy). It chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a...

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Grave of the Fireflies

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

Grave of the Fireflies

Wednesday, November 5 at 7 PM. Part of the Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children born at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and now cast adrift in a world that lacks not the care to...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Family Friendly Films, Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Saturday, November 8 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre. FREE for kids 12 & under! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. One of the stars of Walt Disney‘s Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, is re-united with that film’s composer and lyricist, Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, in this big budget children’s fantasy musical, based on the children’s book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, a failed inventor who lives in a big house with...

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Porco Rosso

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

Porco Rosso

Wednesday, November 12 at 7 PM. Part of the Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Take flight with Porco Rosso, a valiant World War I flying ace! From tropical Adriatic settings to dazzling aerial maneuvers, this action-adventure from world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki is full of humor, courage, and chivalry. When “Porco” — whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell...

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Whiplash

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Whiplash

Opens Friday, November 14 at the State. Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band,...

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Princess Mononoke

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

Princess Mononoke

Wednesday, November 19 at 7 PM. Sponsored by Savco. Part of the Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticktweb.com. Before it ever arrived in the U.S., this epic, animated 1997 fantasy had already made history as the top-grossing domestic feature ever released in Japan, where its combination of mythic themes, mystical forces, and ravishing visuals tapped deeply into cultural identity and contemporary, ecological anxieties. For...

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Spirited Away

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

Spirited Away

Tuesday, November 25 at 7 PM. Part of the Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  A wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story brimming with creativity, Spirited Away will take you on...

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My Neighbor Totoro

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Family Friendly Films, Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

My Neighbor Totoro

Sunday, November 30 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Savco. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series and The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Free for kids 12 & under! Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. This superbly animated children’s tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie...

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From Up On Poppy Hill

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

From Up On Poppy Hill

Wednesday, December 3 at 7 PM. Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Goro Miyazaki‘s From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-Zaka Kara) was the top-grossing animated film in Japan in 2011 (outdrawing two Pokémon movies), and won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story unfolds in Yokohama during preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Each morning as she prepares for school, industrious Umi...

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Three Amigos!

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Three Amigos!

Saturday, December 6 at 11:59 PM at the State Theatre. Midnights are only $7! Sponsored by Isalita.  In 1916, a young woman from the village of Santa Poco lures three out-of-work silent film stars to Mexico to help take on the ruthless El Guapo and his gang. Seizing the chance to earn much-needed cash, the amigos head south of the border, but soon discover they’ve been mistaken as their on-screen heroic characters. Starring the top comics of our time, the outrageous antics never end with these Three Amigos! Steve Martin is Lucky Day, the...

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Miracle on 34th Street

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Films, Holiday, Holiday Classics, state-theater | Comments Off

Miracle on 34th Street

Sunday, December 7, at 1:30 at the State Theatre. FREE admission! Part of the State Street Area Association Holiday Classic Film Series presented by Sesi Lincoln and Old National Bank. When Santa falls down drunk in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, reluctant Macy’s supervisor Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) offers the job to a bearded Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) purporting to be the real Santa! During the Christmas season, he shares a flat with Doris’s neighbor (John Payne), who has...

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The Wind Rises

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

The Wind Rises

Wednesday, December 10 at 7 PM. Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane...

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Castle in the Sky

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

Castle in the Sky

Wednesday, October 22 at 7 PM. Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Inspired by “Gulliver’s Travels,” the fantasy-adventure Castle in the Sky (1986) was Hayao Miyazaki‘s third feature, and helped to establish his reputation as a visionary in both Japan and America. The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the legendary sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of...

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The Skeleton Twins

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Skeleton Twins

When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. 93 minutes. Rated...

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