Mike’s Letter

 

March 17, 2015

Friends,

We’ve sprung forward, watched the ice sculptures downtown melt away, put on our mud boots, and traded our puffy winter coats for our less puffy winter coats — basically you could say SPRING HAS ARRIVED.

And at the State Theatre that can mean only one thing: Spring Break Staycation is headed your way — 36 movies, 7 days, all for FREE!

So if you’re not headed to Antigua for this year’s spring break March 27-April 2, here at home you’ve got an all-access pass to some of the funniest, the scariest, the most thrilling, the most awe-inspiring, the greatest movies ever made!

Why catch a tan outside, when pale sun-deprived skin is just so in right now?!

Wait until you see the line-up listed below. There’s something for everybody! Tickets are free and you can pick them up beginning Friday, March 20 at 12 noon at the State and Bijou box offices, or reserve them over the phone by calling 231-947-3446. Limit four tickets per screening per person. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Standby lines will form for sold out movies, and almost always we can get everyone in.

Here’s what we have to look forward to — start making your plans now!

The FREE movie extravaganza kicks off with a full day of movies from America’s favorite feel-bad director, the great David Fincher, Friday: the true story of the making of Facebook, “The Social Network;” Ben Affleck in “Gone Girl;” a murder-mystery “buddy comedy” “Zodiac” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr.; and a special Director’s Cut of “Alien 3.”

On Sequel Prep Saturday, we’ll do our part to get you ready for sequels to some great movies headed to theaters this summer and fall. Whether you need to refresh your memory or catch up on a franchise before the next installment, don’t miss Steven Spielberg’s majestic paeon to movie magic, “Jurassic Park;” Tom Cruise in the venerable spy thriller “Mission Impossible;” the a-ca-awesome stars of “Pitch Perfect;” and perhaps the greatest James Bond movie ever made, “Skyfall.”

What better place to watch the movies of Space Day Sunday than under the State Theatre’s starry sky? Join us as we cast our eyes skyward for Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Pullman in the inspiring “Apollo 13;” the twist-filled space odyssey “Moon;” the sublime cinematic wonder of “Gravity;” and the mesmerizing, subversive, and hysterical “Starship Troopers.”

In anticipation of this summer’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” on Marvel Day Monday we’ll look back at some Marvel Phase II favorites — and the time travel delight “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” too. Thor will wield his mighty hammer in “Thor: The Dark World;” we’ve got the superhero-movie-meets-1970s-conspiracy-thriller “Captain America: The Winter Soldier;” and, of course, “Guardians of the Galaxy!”

We’ll celebrate the most important part of a movie on Great Soundtracks Tuesday, featuring the Oscar-winning score of “Out of Africa” starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, the groundbreaking rock soundtrack of counterculture cultural touchstone “Easy Rider;” the making-bluegrass-hot-again Coen Brothers hit “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and Eminem’s electrifying rap saga “8 Mile.”

Wes Anderson Wednesday? Yesssss! We’re showing the sweet, endearing, nostalgic love story “Moonrise Kingdom;” the family saga unlike any other, “The Royal Tenenbaums;” the perfect (and Oscar-winning) cinematic confection “The Grand Budapest Hotel;” and Bill Murray doing his best Jacques Cousteau in the wistful “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

And to top off a great Spring Break week, you can probably guess what we have in store. That’s right, it’s Action Thursday. We’ll see you the much anticipated sequel to a comedy classic, “Dumb and Dumber To;” Tom Cruise in the cheeky time bending joy ride “Edge of Tomorrow;” the astounding thriller of technological and human genius “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes;” and Keanu Reeves in a flat out great action flick, “John Wick.”

Plus we’ve got kids matinees every morning, all FREE! It’s “The Boxtrolls” on Friday; “The LEGO Movie” on Saturday; “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” on Sunday; “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on Monday; “Mary Poppins” on Tuesday; “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on Wednesday; “Fly Away Home” on Thursday; and a bonus matinee of “Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone” on Friday, April 3!

The beach balls are going up soon on the marquee, and Ken will be joining his doll friends in the lobby sandbox to catch some rays. Take a break from surfing the waves of Boardman Lake and join us down at the State. Who needs Barbuda when you’ve got $2 popcorn and pop?!

Yours,

Michael Moore

P.S. If you’re a Premium (Green Card) State Theatre member, you can come to the movies for free on Thursday, April 9 — we’ll do the second Thursday this month due to the Open House.

SPRING BREAK MOVIE MANIA STAYCATION SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 — DAVID FINCHER DAY

The Boxtrolls (Rated PG) – 10 am

The Social Network (Rated PG-13) – 12:30 pm

Gone Girl (Rated R) – 3:30 pm

Zodiac (Rated R) – 7 pm

Alien 3: The Director’s Cut (Rated R) – 10:30 pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 — SEQUEL PREP DAY

The LEGO Movie (Rated PG) – 10 am

Jurassic Park (Rated PG-13) – 1 pm

Mission Impossible (Rated PG-13) – 4 pm

Pitch Perfect (Rated PG-13) – 6:45 pm

Skyfall (Rated PG-13) – 9:30 pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 29 — SPACE DAY

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Rated PG) – 10 am

Apollo 13 (Rated PG) – 1 pm

Moon (Rated R) – 4:15 pm

Gravity (Rated PG-13) – 6:45 pm

Starship Troopers (Rated R) – 9 pm

MONDAY, MARCH 30 — MARVEL DAY

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Rated PG) – 10 am

Thor: The Dark World (Rated PG-13) – 12:45 pm

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Rated PG-13) – 3:15 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13) – 6:30 pm

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rated PG-13) – 9:30 pm

TUESDAY, MARCH 31 — GREAT SOUNDTRACKS DAY

Mary Poppins (Rated G) – 10 am

Out of Africa (Rated PG) – 1 pm

Easy Rider (Rated R) – 4:30 pm

O Brother Where Art Thou (Rated PG-13) – 7 pm

8 Mile (Rated R) – 9:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 — WES ANDERSON DAY

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Rated PG) – 10:30 am

Moonrise Kingdom (Rated PG-13) – 1 pm

The Royal Tenenbaums (Rated R) – 3:30 pm

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Rated R) – 6:30 pm

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Rated R) – 9 pm

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 — ACTION DAY

Fly Away Home (Rated PG) – 10 am

Dumb and Dumber To (Rated PG-13) – 12:45 pm

Edge of Tomorrow (Rated PG-13) – 3:30 pm

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Rated PG-13) – 6:15 pm

John Wick (Rated R) – 9:15 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 – BONUS FREE KIDS FILM!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rated PG) – 10 am