Having been closed since March 16th, nearly seven months, the historic Michigan Theater and State Theatre in downtown Ann Arbor will begin a safe and carefully thought-out reopening process on Friday, October 9th, in accordance with (and above and beyond) Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order [No. 2020-183].  

Both theaters will open for one screening per day (to allow for special cleaning) with 100% fresh heated or cooled (as needed) outside air, socially distanced and strictly limited seating capacity (limited to 20% or less of capacity), no-touch ticketing,  and temperatures taken as movie goers enter the buildings. Masks will be mandatory at all times and concessions (including their renowned popcorn) will only be available as patrons leave the theater.  Starting Friday, October 9, movie lovers and Michigan Theater Foundation members can see acclaimed first-run films on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. 

The State Theatre will open Friday, October 9 with a screening of Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.  The Michigan Theater opens Sunday, October 11 with screenings of the acclaimed The Personal History of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel and The Forty-Year-Old Version, a hit from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. For more information and screening times, visitmichtheater.org/in-theater-screenings.

Customer health and safety before, during and after each film screening, are the theaters’ top priority.  With funding support from Toyota Motor North America, Research and Development, new health and safety systems and procedures are being implemented to maximize public health in the new movie-going reality during the current pandemic. These safety systems and procedures include: dynamic ticketing allowing family, couples or “pods” to sit together AND ensure safe social distancing inside the theaters; enhanced cleaning procedures; safety shields at all points of public contact with staff; and updated HVAC systems to guarantee 100% fresh air flow. An extensive Covid Safety Plan that will guide the community through the new procedures and answer questions that might arise is available at michtheater.org/covid-safety. Questions and concerns can be sent to feedback@michtheater.org.

Russ Collins, Executive Director & CEO of the Michigan Theater Foundation says: “We’re excited to reopen and welcome back the community to these beloved and historic theaters. Over the past six months we have had many thoughtful conversations about how we can safely reopen to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff. With the help of Toyota, we have put in place equipment and procedures to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort as we reopen again as a community space. We are so happy to be able to reopen on October 9th  and encourage any and all to provide feedback and express their concerns. 

On behalf of the entire Michigan Theater Foundation, I’d like to express how grateful we are for the extraordinary support and enthusiasm we have continued to receive from our donors, sponsors, and community members. It is because of you that we are able to open our doors again, to safely bring back the “normal” joys of cinema and getting out of the house to Ann Arbor’s Downtown.”