The Michigan Theater Foundation

is not associated with the University of Michigan or the City of Ann Arbor. We rely on the generosity of the community to provide the 40% of our budget that we do not generate via ticket sales and rental revenue. It is because of gifts from donors and members like you that we are able to maintain the theater at the museum-level quality that our community rightfully expects. We work every day to raise the considerable funds necessary so that the Michigan Theater will continue to present excellent film and live event programs for generations to come.

The Michigan Theater has received national recognition for its outstanding programs from:

The Sundance Institute Art House Project

The Kresge Foundation

The League of Historic American Theatres

The Knight Foundation

We need your help!

Here are some ways you can get involved:


Donations help us pay for everything from LED light bulbs for our outdoor marquee, to tickets to our family theater series for children who cannot afford to attend, to a day of heating during the cold winter months. Download this form to mail a donation.


Memberships provide you with numerous benefits, including discounts on movie tickets, early parking passes and more. You can choose from four different membership levels, starting at only $35 a year.

Gift Memberships

Gift Memberships are a great way to show someone you care and introduce him or her to the Movie palace splendor of the Michigan Theater.


Sponsorships provide our business partners with high visibility onscreen, onsite and online, while supporting the vitality of our downtown and our region.

The Towsley Society

The Towsley Society recognizes current gifts and pledges to the Theater of $5000 or more in honor of Margaret D. Towsley, a community philanthropist who inspired generations through her spirit of selfless generosity.

The State & Michigan Project

The Michigan Theater Foundation is currently in the middle of an $8.5 million capital campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the State Theatre and the revitalization of the Michigan Theater. If you’d like to discuss a multi-year pledge, please contact Lee Berry at 734-668-8397 x22.

Seat Plaques

Seat Plaques at the State Theatre or the Michigan Theater commemorate a loved one with an engraved brass name plates on theater seats.


Volunteers serve an important role in support of the Theater. Opportunities include ushering at events, staffing our Guest Services desk, office help and working on special projects.

Restore the Barton Pipe Organ

Our 1927 Barton Pipe Organ is in the midst of a full-scale restoration.

Bequests & Planned Giving

Bequests and other Planned Giving options are a great way to lay the foundation for future generations of Michigan Theater lovers.

Street Team

Street Team members help us get the word out about our upcoming films and shows by distributing printed material (posters, postcards, and handbills) throughout the greater Ann Arbor & metro Detroit areas.