State Theatre History

1942: The State Theatre, designed by renowned architect C. Howard Crane, opened with the romantic comedy “The Fleet’s In.”

1977: Divided into a four-screen multiplex by Butterfield Theatres.

1987: Sold to Tom Borders, who redesigned the theater’s main floor for retail and mothballed the second floor balcony.

1992: Balcony reopened as a two-screen second-run film theater.

1997: Sold to a local investor group.

1999: Michigan Theater contracted to provide film programming and marketing services.

2007: Michigan Theater board and staff created a contingency plan to respond to a possible threat to the State Theatre.

2014: Michigan Theater purchased the State Theatre cinemas to preserve and improve them.

2016: The State Theatre closed for renovations.

2017: A rejuvenated State Theatre reopened in December, featuring 4 screens, comfortable reserved seating, improved accessibility, and an expanded concessions menu.