There are two screens at the State. When the theater opened in 1942 it was one large screen, but time and progress brought retail to the first floor and divided the former balcony in half. A 2013 proposal would develop the upstairs into office space, eliminating the theater.
The State generally plays slightly more mainstream movies than the Michigan, and with longer runs; traditions include Saturday night midnight showings of cult favorites and Halloween performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
July 27, 2015. Million-dollar State Theatre renovations look to restore art deco feel, Ann Arbor News.
1997. Michigan Theater's Film Programming and Marketing teams take over programming of the space.
November 13, 1992. State Theatre reopens under the management of Aloha Entertainment of Canton, MI. Bill N. Spurlin and Billie N. Spurlin II are owners. It shows second run films for $2.50.
August 1989. Urban Outfitters opens in the first-floor space. Building is owned by Hogarth Management, with Roger Hewitt, General Manager.
February 23, 1989. State Theatre closes. Joe Trachier was manager, and George Kerasotes Corp. was owner.
1987. GKC (George Kerasotes Corporation) sells building to Tom Borders, co-founder of the Borders bookstore chain, for his Hogarth Management organization. [Unsure whether this is an ownership change or an option to buy].
1979. Theater split into four units ("quaded").
1942. Theater opens. C. Howard Crane is the architect.
- Grand opening (interior), photograph by Eck Stanger, 1942
- Grand opening (view from balcony), photograph by Eck Stanger, 1942
- Grand opening (exterior marquee), photograph by Eck Stanger, 1942