Traverse City Buzz: In last week's letter from Michael Moore, the community learns the most recent jaw-dropping recognition bestowed upon the State Theatre. The Motion Picture Association—the big dog of Hollywood studios—posts a list of their 10 favorite movie theaters all over the world. And of the two taking the cake in the U.S., the first is our little State Theatre.
Now, we know it's no big news for the movie-lovers in town. Get out to the State just once and you're hooked. But since there's some global praise happening here, we thought a little local love was necessary. And so, Northern Michiganders, we give you…
1) The History
Originally opened in 1916, the building has survived two traumatic fires, heard Northern Michigan's first-ever human "talkie film" voices on screen, and experienced the complete revitalization of downtown Traverse City post Depression and Recession. Pretty cool.
2) The Volunteers
They're the popcorn poppers, ticket-takers and almost everything in between. Since its reopening as a non-profit organization in 2007, the State's impressive production relies on the tireless efforts of its volunteer-based staff. If you'd like to get involved in the movie magic, sign up for any number of shifts at statetheatretc.org/volunteer/
3) The Community-Made Trailer
You know the generic short film with the dancing Coke, the Mike n' Ikes, and the silence-the-cell message? You won't find it at the State. Instead, the "policy trailer" is the product of thousands coloring-book pages distributed around Traverse City, decorated by thousands of community members, then stitched into a moving portrait of Hollywood's most memorable cinematic scenes. We won't deny there's some push to buy the goodies and turn off the dang phone…But it's just funnier. See what we mean, here.
4) The Events
You'll be hard-pressed to find a week without one. Couples on the town snag an unbeatable deal with Friday Night Flicks where tickets are priced at 2 for $5. And Traverse City's tiniest movie-goers fill the theatre on Saturday's 25 Cent Kids Matinee. Some other annual favorites include the Red Carpet Oscar Viewing Party, Spring Break Free Showings, and Michael Moore's big bang: The Traverse City Film Festival. See the complete event schedule at statetheatretc.org/schedule/.
5) The Starry Ceiling
This one's brought to you by a Northwestern Michigan College Astronomy instructor and local astronomy buffs alike. The auditorium's fiber optic ceiling is an identical replica of a Traverse City August night sky. For an an unforgettable evening with the stars, the State knows you've got to be under 'em first.