Over a century ago, the State Theatre brought movies to Front Street. Today, in our restored, historic, antique gem beats the heart of the TCFF.

But since the State is one of only two existing year-round movie theaters in downtown Traverse City, many more must come alive each July for the festival. Out of necessity, we’ve built them, but we’d like to think that each theater has its own special character; unique spaces that infuse the films we show there with a little extra zest. Each venue is distinct, and like great character actors, each fleshes out the whole of the film-going experience. 

OPEN SPACE

Grandview Pkwy. at Union St.

Open Space is one of Northern Michigan’s most beautiful public places, and the perfect outdoor park for listening to live music, eating delicious food, and watching the sunset and a great film on a giant 65-foot screen.

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STATE THEATRE

233 E. Front St.

Originally built in 1916, and restored with great care by Michael Moore and an army of volunteers, this 527-seat movie palace was named by the MPAA as the #1 movie theater in the world. We think it is the perfect place to see a film.

Call the State Theatre Hotline at 231-947-4800 for showtimes, or visit the State Theatre website to purchase tickets and for complete information on what’s happening at the State all Year Long!

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CITY OPERA HOUSE

106 E. Front St.

The beautifully restored City Opera House, constructed in 1891, features a grand entrance, balcony seating, and cupids on the ceiling. This stunning venue is the festival’s second largest, with 465 seats on the main floor and balcony.

Learn more about the City Opera House here.

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OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE

148 E. Eighth St.

Established in April 1960 to bring amateur theater to Northern Michigan, with 250 brand new, extremely comfortable State Theatre-style seats, the Playhouse is the festival’s most enveloping venue.

Learn more about The Old Town Playhouse here.

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BIJOU BY THE BAY

181 E. Grandview Pkwy.

A block away from its big sister, the State Theatre, the Bijou is a true gem of a place to watch a movie. Nestled in Clinch Park on Grand Traverse Bay, this intimate venue seats 160 film lovers in relaxed comfort.

Learn more about the Bijou by the Bay and what’s playing all year long here.

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MILLIKEN AUDITORIUM

1701 E. Front St.

The Michael and Barbara Dennos Museum Center, currently undergoing an exciting expansion, houses Milliken Auditorium, a sleek 367-seat venue featuring great sight lines, a huge screen, and incredible acoustics.

Learn more about Milliken Auditorium here.

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CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

1150 Milliken Dr. near Milliken Auditorium

Home to the TC Trojans’ thriving music and theater programs, Central’s ample and completely refurbished auditorium will seat 450 delighted moviegoers at this summer’s film festival

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KIRKBRIDE HALL

GT Commons – 700 Cottageview #200

This immaculately renovated hall was built in 1885 as the original chapel for the Traverse City State Hospital, now part of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. TC’s oldest public gathering place, Kirkbride Hall seats 150 movie lovers.

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DUTMERS THEATER

Dennos Museum – 1701 E. Front St.

Our smallest, most intimate venue is just down the hall from Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center. With 35 comfortable seats, this screening room is perfect for smaller, adventurous, specialized movie screenings.

Learn more about the Dennos Museum Center here.

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MOVIES ON A BOAT

Clinch Park Marina Gas Dock- 161 E Grandview Pkwy

Enjoy cool breezes and catch a beautiful view of Grand Traverse Bay as you set sail to watch a great film in an unparalleled setting: on a 34-seat catamaran, thanks to our friends at the Nauti-Cat.

Learn more about Movies on a Boat here.

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THE WOZ

Hotel Indigo – 263 W. Grandview Pkwy.

Explore the future of storytelling with our showcase of interactive media projects that take you beyond the traditional movie screen, brought to us by Michigan State University. Great discoveries await in our free drop-in venue.

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FILM SCHOOL

NMC Scholar’s Hall – 1701 E. Front St.

Mere steps away from Milliken Auditorium at NMC, our 118-seat film school brings together students of all ages and experiences who are eager to learn about the craft of filmmaking.

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