If you’ve ever been to the State or Bijou, you know it’s more than just a place to see a movie. It’s the home of first dates and first movies, part of family traditions and part of your lives. Our volunteers and staff are passionate about bringing creative and meaningful experiences to the entire community.

So if you believe in making the magic of the movies available to everyone, if you believe Traverse City is a more vibrant place with the State and Bijou in it, if you want to see our historic buildings gleam, and if you want us to continue to bring over 370 different films and events and 3,000 screenings Downtown annually, please consider joining us on this worldwide day of giving by donating to your nonprofit community theaters.

Your contribution supports our dynamic and thoughtful programming, unrivaled presentation, community events like FREE Spring Break Week, FREE student screenings, TLC for our historic theaters, and so much more.

  • $4 Buys a Bulb for our Glorious Marquee, the Heartbeat of Downtown
    (And we go through 1,600 a year!)
  • $50 Brings a Class of Kids for an Educational Screening
    (Complete with popcorn!)
  • $300 Helps Underwrite a Free or Low-Cost Community Event
    (And we do 300+ a year!)

Every dollar counts! Thank you for considering this appeal — and we hope to see you at the movies! 

The Traverse City Film Festival is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, nonprofit educational and cultural charitable organization. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.



Seeing a movie at the State and Bijou is about more than affordable prices, state-of-the-art projection and sound, or even the unrivaled comfort of our seats. Our passionate volunteers are dedicated to bringing you unique experiences that start as you approach the glow of our beautiful marquees, and stay with you long after the credits roll. With your support, we’ll keep that magical experience alive. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s safe to make a 100% tax-deductible donation to your downtown movie theaters. As another option, help us out year-round by setting up a recurring donation – just check the box on the first screen.

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Because of our members, we are able to bring an average of one free event PER DAY for students, seniors, organizations doing good work in our area, and the community. Because of our members, we can keep ticket and concessions prices low, so that everyone can afford to experience the magic of the movies. Because of our members, our theaters are the heartbeat of a vibrant downtown. That’s reason enough to support the State and Bijou with your membership! But members also get great benefits all year round:

  • All members get admission to members-only events, early ticket availability to select special events including the MET opera, and a weekly schedule newsletter.
  • Members also get $2 off normal admission prices and $1 off normal matinee admission.
  • Premium members get FREE admission to movies on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month.
  • All Access members get FREE admission to all regular shows, all year long.

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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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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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