Welcome to Our Virtual Movie Palace

Just because our doors are closed, doesn’t mean we’ll stop sharing great films with everyone! See below for new films, film recommendations and interactive film programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Curbside Concessions

NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 30 PICK-UP

Safe and contact-free! Order your favorite concessions online ahead of time and drive up to the Michigan Theater to pick up during our designated times.

New This Week

A portion of the following film rentals and/or purchases will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. Thank you for your support!

The Mindfulness Movement

Opens Friday, May 29

Filmmaker Rob Beemer examines how mindfulness – the state of focusing on the present moment without judgment – is the key to creating a healthier and happier world.

Join us for a LIVE Q&A on Zoom with filmmaker Rob Beemer on June 4 at 7:00 PM. Click here to register for the Q&A.

 

The Motions of Stillness

Opens Friday, May 29 – Limited Engagement!

An MTF Original!

Watch this original film and score from Jared Van Eck, Technical Director, and local musician. Inspired by the snowfall in April and isolation due to the pandemic, this film aims to encourage the viewer to still themselves, focus on deep breaths, and reflect on the simple beauty of falling snow.

Abe

Opens Friday, May 29

Presented by the Cinetopia Film Festival and Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

Twelve-year-old Abe is an aspiring chef, but his family–half-Israeli, half-Palestinian–have never had a meal together without a fight. But when Abe ditches his traditional summer camp to spend time with radical street chef Chico, his mentor’s fusion cuisine inspires him to unite his family through food. Abe decides to cook a meal that will bring everyone to the table, but he’s about to learn that the kitchen can’t heal some age-old divides.

Lucky Grandma

Opens Friday, May 29

Set in New York City, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese Grandma (a standout performance by The Joy Luck Club’s Tsai Chin) goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck and in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

Blackfish

Opens Friday, May 29

Part of the Magnolia Pictures Docs Series

Killer whales are beloved majestic, friendly giants yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who – unlike any orca in the wild – has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. BLACKFISH expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.

The Cabin in the Woods

Saturday, May 30 at 9:00 PM

Part of our State Theatre Late Night Watch Party

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.

Cocktail Cinema

Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 PM

Join us, with cocktails in hand, as we will celebrate classic films from the 1970s! Live from the State Theatre, Alan Collins will kick things off with a lesson on 1970s cocktail history and make some drinks. Russ Collins and Deb Polich will then lead a movie discussion about this week’s film selections. Registration is required. Open and free to all.

Coming Soon

A portion of the following film rentals and/or purchases will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Tommaso

Opens Friday, June 5

Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter.

Hail Satan?

Opens Friday, June 5

Part of the Magnolia Pictures Docs Series

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). 

Shirley

Opens Friday, June 5

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

Picture A Scientist

Opens Friday, June 12

This feature-length documentary film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. 

Marona's Fantastic Tale

Opens Friday, June 12

The sixth feature from acclaimed director Anca Damian, this touching film chronicles the journey of a stray dog through a succession of wildly different owners. The film’s animation technique is colorful, spirited and pushes the medium into new directions, while its intimate story will strike a chord with anyone who has shared a special bond with a canine companion.

Quarantine Cat Film Festival

Opens Friday, June 19 – Presale begins Wednesday, June 10

Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This compilation reel from over 1,200 submissions brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest and most loving of these videos, exclusively filmed during the pandemic.

Picture Of His Life

Opens Friday, June 19

Yom Kippur War veteran Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time, and has a special affinity for apex predators—he has captured great white sharks, giant crocodiles, anacondas, and killer whales in breathtaking close-up. One fearsome animal has continued to elude him: the polar bear.

Reggae Boyz

Opens Friday, June 19

Plagued with one of the highest murder rates in the world, Jamaica tries to inspire its populace by qualifying their national soccer team – the “Reggae Boyz” – for the World Cup. When their efforts start to fall short, a colorful German coach enters the scene and forms an unlikely alliance with legendary reggae musicians and a Rastafarian factory worker to unite Jamaica beyond the soccer pitch.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things

Opens Friday, June 26 – Pre-order available now

Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary film exploreshow her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century.

Now Available

A portion of the following film rentals and/or purchases will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll examines the vibrant and unconventional life of Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the world’s leading expert on Mexican cuisine.

Crescendo

Presented by the Cinetopia Film Festival and Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale.

Military Wives

Following a group of women in England whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with the men’s absences, they form a choir and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement. Inspired by global phenomenon of military wives choirs, the story celebrates a band of misfit women who form a choir on a military base.

Up From The Streets: New Orleans – The City of Music

A film looking at the culture of New Orleans thru the lens of music. Hosted by Oscar nominee and 6-time Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard, the film tells the story of how music and culture intersected to create a distinct form of expression.

Driveways

Brian Dennehy plays a Korean War veteran who befriends an 8-year-old Asian-American kid in this tiny but sensitively observed indie from ‘Spa Night’ director Andrew Ahn.

Spaceship Earth

This documentary is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2.

José

A 19-year-old’s life in Guatemala City is routine and aimless, until he finds passion, pain and self-reflection through a relationship with a Caribbean migrant.

On a Magical Night

After 20 years of marriage, Maria decides to leave. She moves to the room 212 of the hotel opposite her marital home. From there, Maria can scrutinize her apartment, her husband, her wedding. She wonders if she has made the right decision.

RBG

Part of the Magnolia Pictures Docs Series

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg’s life and career.

Life Itself

Part of the Magnolia Pictures Docs Series

Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the life of film critic Roger Ebert, especially his career highlights, his battle with alcohol, and his sometimes ruthless rivalry with fellow critic Gene Siskel.

Why Can't I Be Me? Around You

AAFF Presents Goes Online! Join us as we kick off our 2020 series with Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You – this year’s winner of the aut FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Penny Stamps Lecture Series

Weekly, free streams of previous Penny Stamps lectures every Friday on Detroit Public Television website.

National Theatre at Home

Weekly free National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on Youtube.

Arab Film Series Online

Emerging from the Arab Film Festival, the Arab Film Series Online brings a wide range of new and classic films each week for free. 

MET Opera Streams

A different, daily encore presentation from the MET Opera is available for free on their website.

Theatre Works Anywhere

Weekly video clips from TheaterWorksUSA productions along with theater activities and crafts for the whole family!

Staff Selects

See our staff recommendations on our favorite art house movies!

Say Anything

“I am a deeply romantic person and I think a lot of that came from my own 15-year old self falling in love with John Cusack’s character…who will show you the power of his love through the music of Peter Gabriel.” – Makenzie Peecook, Events and Operations Manager – Art House Convergence

Rent online or watch on Hulu

The Evil Dead

“This may not be the happiest movie you can be watching right now, but…it’s still very ridiculous and it uses gore with such ease and pleasure that it takes the fear away which allows you to enjoy it and still sleep at night.” – Nick Alderink, Programming and Media Coordinator

Rent online or watch on Netflix.

Call Me By Your Name

“It’s an incredibly beautiful and precious movie. When I first watched it, it reminded me of the first time I fell in love.” – Ariel Wan, Director of Programming, Marketing & Sales

Rent online

Amélie

“Part of the reason why I love it so much is it was filmed in over 80 locations in Paris, and I love anything French…so getting to see Paris through this very quirky and whimsical eye of Emily is really pleasant.” – Hannah Feuka, State Theatre Manager

Watch on Hulu

Ending Soon

Last chance to rent these movies that benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation!

Life in Synchro

Ends Sunday, May 31

If a single figure skater is a marvel, a team of figure skaters is practically a miracle. Welcome to the beautiful, cold, hard world of synchronized ice skating – the toughest sport you’ve never heard of. Synchro has been empowering generations of women since 1956 when it was founded by a father who saw the need for team sports for girls.

Online Film Education Classes

Movies 101: Narrative Structure

Now Available

While we often expect the action of films to unfold in chronological order, there are many other possibilities. In our final session, we will look at various components of film narrative and how they can be manipulated to create anticipation, tension, and resolution. Our examples will be drawn from Casablanca, Bonnie & Clyde, L’Avventura and (500) Days of Summer. After the lecture, we recommend you watch Vertigo on your own time.

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members.

Movies 101: Sound

Now Available

In the beginning, movies only had sound in the form of musical accompaniment provided in the theater. Since then, recorded sound has become an indispensible part of movies. In this session, we will consider how music, speech, and sound effects can be used to add meaning to the images on the screen. Our examples will be drawn from Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Vertigo and The Passenger. After the lecture, we recommend you watch Singing in the Rain on your own time.

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members.

Movies 101: Editing

Now Available

Editing is the process by which individual shots are joined together. We will explore several different ways that this unique cinematic device can be used including “continuity editing,” “parallel editing,” “analytical editing,” and “montage.” Our examples will be drawn from Casablanca, The Battleship Potemkin, Psycho, and Manhattan. After the lecture, we recommend you watch Sliding Doors on your own time.

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members.

Movies 101: Mise-en-Scene

Now Available

Mise-en-Scene is a term that refers to everything in the implied world of the film. This includes people, costumes, sets, props, lighting, some sound, color and the way these elements are viewed through the camera’s lenses as it moves about. We will look at various approaches to mise-en-scene including selections from Casablanca, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Double Indemnity, Saving Private Ryan, and Mr. Turner. After the lecture, we recommend you watch Casablanca on your own time.

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members.

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