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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 Drop

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Drop

Opens Friday, September 12 at the State. The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry...

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Magic in the Moonlight

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Magic in the Moonlight

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen‘s Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic in the Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all. Also starring Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater, and more. Rated PG-13.  Official...

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Alive Inside

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Alive Inside

Plays Wednesday & Thursday, September 17 & 18. Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring...

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The One I Love

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The One I Love

The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, The One I Love is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell’s keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. The One I Love, written by Justin Lader, was produced by Mel Eslyn and executive produced by Mark Duplass who stars opposite Elisabeth Moss. On the brink of separation, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a...

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Space Jam

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Space Jam

Saturday, September 20 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $7! The mythologizing of Michael, the tao of Bugs: Michael Jordan joins forces with the Looney Tunes characters to defeat an alien basketball team. Good fun, if you don’t mind the hard sell. Give Daffy a Best Supporting Duck nomination. 1996. 88 minutes. Rated PG.

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The Three Corpse Circus Independent Horror Film Festival

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Three Corpse Circus Independent Horror Film Festival

Friday October 3 – Sunday October 5 at the Michigan and State Theaters. Dedicated to showcasing all the variety horror has to offer, the 3CC is proud to bring you a diverse collection of shorts from across the globe–even from Grand Rapids. Our Sunday show kicks off with the walk of the dead, led by A2 Zombie Walk and the Southern Michigan Zombie Squad; Sunday’s shows also feature special guest puppet performances by Dreamland Theater. Prices are $10 per block, $7 for midnight screenings; festival passes also available....

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Howl’s Moving Castle

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

Howl’s Moving Castle

Saturday, October 11 at 11:59 PM. Part of the Studio Ghibli Series at the State. Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell. This Fall, The State Theatre celebrates some of the...

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Wednesday, October 15 at 7 PM. Part of the Studio Ghibli Series at the State. A young woman’s only chance of breaking a spiteful witch’s spell lies with a young wizard and his walking home in Hayao Miyazaki‘s striking Oscar-nominated ecological adventure. 2005. 114 minutes. Rated PG. Japanese with...

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The Exorcist

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Exorcist

Saturday, October 18 at 11:59 PM at the State. Midnights are only $7! Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta...

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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 exchanges or refunds. Comps and passes not accepted. Doors open at 11:15 pm each night. Props will be available for purchase. (There will not be a shadow cast this year.) ALL bags will be searched - forbidden items include: rice, confetti, alcohol, fake blood, outside food and drink. The State Theater being not handicapped accessible, we apologize for any inconvenience. This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the...

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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 Series at the State. Free for kids 12 & under! Special support from Gretchen’s House.  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 Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State.  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 adventure of a lifetime. Landing in a far-off city, she sets up a high-flying delivery service and begins 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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State.  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 shelter them, but simply the resources. Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State.  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 — infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a rival pilot, to “get...

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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. Part of the Studio Ghibli Series at the State.  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 international animation and anime fans, Princess Mononoke represents an auspicious next step for its revered creator, Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State.  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 a journey beyond your imagination. “To enter the world of Hayao Miyazaki is to experience a kind of lighthearted...

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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. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series and the Studio Ghibli Series at the State. Free for kids 12 & under!  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 of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 Matsuzaki flies signal flags from her family’s boarding house in memory of her father, who was lost at sea...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 designers. 2013. 126 minutes. Rated...

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