We need your help!

The Michigan Theater FoundationĀ isĀ 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 show excellent films and host live events for generations to come.


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 them to the Movie palace splendor of the Michigan Theater.

The Towsley Society

The Towsley Society recognizes current gifts and pledges to the Theater of $1,000 or more per year for 5 years, to support critical day-to-day operations of the Theater.


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.


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

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.

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.


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.