While we think movies are pretty darn great, here at the State and Bijou and Traverse City Film Festival we are so much more than just the 500 different films we bring each year.  We are a place where you celebrate, have your mind opened, where you gather with friends and neighbors, that anchors a thriving downtown, and has the BEST popcorn in the North!

WE ARE YOUR COMMUNITY THEATER! WE ARE YOUR FILM FESTIVAL! We are only able to do what we do thanks to your investment and belief that these theaters make Traverse City a more vibrant and wonderful place to live. Please consider a donation to help continue this legacy and ensure we are able to resume operations following our COVID-19 closure. 

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Help support our organization during the COVID-19 shutdown with a donation that goes to supporting our essential operations costs. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s safe to make a 100% tax-deductible donation.

Please use our PATRONICITY online campaign to donate today and utilize a matching donation from our community!


Purchase a popcorn card for $150 and get your cravings filled for FREE through the end of 2020! No need to haul a bucket back and forth, this card lets you get what you need when you need it. Each card is good for one popcorn of any size per visit, refills included. Good through December 31, 2020, this numbered card can be purchased online for mailing or pickup, or at the State Theatre or Bijou box office.

This card not valid during the Traverse City Film Festival.

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Join our year-round theater sponsorship program! You’ll be listed on printed materials, online, on screen before the film, introduced as the sponsor, and have the opportunity for a display of literature or giveaways in the lobby.

Sponsor a Screening & Choose the Film for $1,000
Friday Night Flick or Classic Matinee
limited quantity available
Includes tickets and reserved seating for your crew

Sponsor a Screening for $500
Friday Night Flick, Classic Matinee, or Kids Matinee

Includes tickets and reserved seating for your crew

Spring Break Official Sponsor for $5,000
Be the official sponsor of FREE Spring Break week at the State!
Over 12,000 people come through our doors for our free community movie extravaganza.

Spring Break Day Sponsor for $1,000
Be the official sponsor of one day of our FREE Spring Break week.

Send an email to meg@tcff.org if you are interested in any of the above options. You can also complete the below payment form and we will follow up with you.

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Membership gives you great perks and discounts every time you visit the theaters. And, best of all, State and Bijou members also give back to the community by allowing our nonprofit theaters to offer reasonably-priced concessions, educational programs, 25¢ matinees twice a week, and free community events year-round! 

We bring over 365 different films a year to Downtown Traverse City. From classic holiday celebrations to cult favorite late nights, we bring the best programming we can find to anchor a thriving downtown. And, we host free screenings for kids from preschool to high school, a crucial part of our mission. Members nurture and protect two valued treasures of Downtown Traverse City, our historic buildings, with continual updates and renovations.

That’s reason enough to support the State and Bijou with your membership! But members also get great benefits all year round:

  • Access to members-only events, early ticket availability to select special events and a weekly email highlighting upcoming films.
  • $2 savings on regularly priced admission and $1 savings on matinee admission.
  • Premium members get FREE admission to regularly priced movies on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month. 
  • All Access members get FREE admission to all regularly priced screenings for up to two people.

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Sponsoring a State Theatre seat supports our ongoing mission in a powerful and lasting way, and that’s just one reason to consider having your dedication text affixed to one of our ultra-plush, Michigan-made seats.

• Leave a legacy for loved ones
• Celebrate a special event or achievement
• Memorialize someone special
• Honor your business, organization, or cause
• Celebrate your family name
• Give the perfect gift for movie lovers in your life

Seat sponsorships are $1,000, and over 150 great seats remain to be sponsored. 

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Buy a brick and leave a legacy! Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible, and provides essential funds for completing the Bijou’s renovation, while serving as a lasting tribute to the person, cause, or occasion of your choice. Donate $500 by clicking the button below. We’ll follow up to confirm your dedication and to let you know when your brick will be installed in the Bijou entranceway.

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Your Friends membership support makes it possible for the festival to bring great films and filmmakers to Traverse City while keeping ticket prices affordable for the entire community. You’ll receive exclusive early ticketing access, party discounts, and tickets to the Friends Only Screening Parties at the festival.

• Buy your tickets to next year’s festival ONE WEEK BEFORE the general public.
• Get two free tickets to the Friends Only Screening Party films.
• Special levels for Students and Seniors (65+)

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Sponsorship positively impacts arts and culture, and it’s a powerful marketing tool, too. We invite you to join our event and our diverse, passionate, cultured community of film lovers. Our sponsors make it possible for us to keep the festival and theaters grassroots, focused on the art and love of movies. We’re committed to finding the donation option that works best for you. Ask us about custom and package sponsorships, in kind donations, advertising opportunities, and special experiences, suitable for any budget. We hope you will join our sponsor family! Become a TCFF Sponsor and get exclusive festival access including early ticketing, early theater access, and special parties.

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