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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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State Theatre:
Meet the PatelsPG
1:00, 3:30, 6:30, 8:30 pm

Bijou by the Bay:
The MartianPG-13
12 noon, 3:00*, 6:00, 9:00* pm

*Presented in Dolby 3D


State Theatre: 25¢ Classic Matinee
His Girl FridayNR
10:30 am
Extra! Extra! Newspaper Movies!

State Theatre:
Meet the PatelsPG
1:00, 3:30, 6:30, 8:30 pm

Bijou by the Bay:
The MartianPG-13
12 noon, 3:00*, 6:00*, 9:00 pm

*Presented in Dolby 3D


State Theatre:
Meet the PatelsPG
12:15, 2:30, 4:45 pm

State Theatre: Special Event
Hamlet: National Theatre LiveNR
7:00 pm
Tickets $20/$18 Members & Students

Bijou by the Bay:
The MartianPG-13
12 noon*, 3:00, 6:00*, 9:00 pm

*Presented in Dolby 3D


State Theatre: Special Event
TEDx Traverse City Best of 2015NR
9:00 am to 12 Noon

State Theatre:

State Theatre: Friday Night Flicks
Nightmare on Elm StreetR
Time TBA

Bijou by the Bay:
The MartianPG-13
Times TBA


State Theatre: 25¢ Kids Matinee
10:00 am

State Theatre: Met Opera
12:55 pm

State Theatre:

Bijou by the Bay:
The MartianPG-13
Times TBA

  • Admission at the Saturday morning kids matinees and the Wednesday morning classic matinees is 25 cents – the same price the State (then called the Lyric Theater) charged when it opened in 1916.
  • Tuesday is free popcorn day! Patrons may get a free small popcorn when attending any regularly priced movie at the State and Bijou on Tuesday.
  • Friday Night Flicks (cool and edgy films that play between 10 pm and 12 midnight on Friday) are just $3 or two for $5!
  • The State and Bijou box offices are open from one hour before the first show until approximately 9 pm daily.

Now Playing at the State Theatre

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2014/USA/PG/88 min
Directors: Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel
Cast: Champa V. Patel, Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel

Fresh off a breakup that leaves his heart and head spinning, first-generation Indian-American Ravi Patel has had enough of contemporary courtship and starts to consider finding a wife the old-fashioned way— by enlisting the help of his matchmaking parents. As he embarks on a cross-country dating odyssey, Ravi’s sister joins him to document the matrimonial conventions, awkward setups, and surprising twists along the way. Without a doubt one of the most laugh-out-loud and joyous documentaries we’ve ever seen, Ravi’s sweetly-meddling, advice-spouting, larger-than-life parents (who upon first arriving in the US landed in Houghton, MI) will delight you with their bighearted embrace. But behind its light tone, the film is not only a testament to the travails of modern love, but also a universal look at the struggle between upholding tradition and forging our own paths.

“We enjoy Ravi’s search for suitable mates, and we like his family. In the end, they just want each other to be happy – and that’s all that matters.”
- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

“Meet the Patels ends up being much more than a movie about a guy going out on dates. It’s about shifting identities, parental expectations and trying to hold on to a life raft of tradition in a swirling sea of change. And it’s pretty funny, too.”
- Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“It’s a delight of a film, but it also examines problems of assimilation, culture clash, modern romance and the value (or prison) of tradition. Which is quite a bit of stuff for a movie that’s just plain fun to watch.”
- Tom Long, Detroit News

“Ravi is an affable guide through the world of Indian dating, and Champa and Vasant are adorable and hilarious.”
- Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer

“It turned one man’s culturally specific journey into a lively and engaging universal story made with an unmistakable sense of fun.”
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Opening Friday, October 23 at the State Theatre

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2015/USA/R/122 min
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels

His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple inc. Steven Paul Jobs. With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.

“Written, directed and acted to perfection, and so fresh and startling in conception and execution that it leaves you awed. Fassbender rips through the role of the volcanic Jobs. Is he really that good? Hell, yeah.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“The film feels so electric while you’re watching, it’s hard to believe that after two hours, it doesn’t even get to the iPod, let alone the iPhone.”
- Bob Mondello, NPR

“As scathingly played by Fassbender, Jobs looks almost as sleek and perfected as one of his computers.”
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

“Steve Jobs is a fascinating study of a man, explaining who he was but never making a judgment about who he is. The movie lets audiences compute that for themselves.”
- Brian Truitt, USA Today

“This is simultaneously Sorkin’s most satisfying movie script and Boyle’s most graceful work as a director.”
- Andrew O’Hehir,

“A smart, hugely entertaining film that all but bristles with crackling creative energy.”
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“An enthralling performance by Michael Fassbender fuels this brilliant, infuriating and richly unconventional take on the life of an American visionary.”
- Justin Chang, Variety

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Now Playing at the Bijou by the Bay

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2015/USA/PG-13/141 min
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel.

“It takes a genuine master craftsman to take something as complex and difficult as this and make it look easy, but it also takes an artist with a great ear to take something as dense with exposition as this is and make it practically sing. ”
- Drew McWeeny, Hitfix

“Bringing optimism, nerd-itude and a touch of crazy to his character’s solo ordeal—at one point, scraggly Watney calls himself a “space pirate”—Damon is the key to the movie’s exuberance.”
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story. ”
- Peter Debruge, Variety

“Anchored by another great turn from Matt Damon, The Martian mixes smarts, laughs, weird character bits and tension on a huge canvas. The result is Scott’s most purely enjoyable film for ages.”
- Ian Freer, Empire

“The director and screenwriter downplay the conventional melodrama inherent in the situation in favor of emphasizing how practical problems should be addressed with rational responses rather than hysteria, knee-jerk patriotism or selfish expedience.”
- Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

“The Martian is the most purely enjoyable picture Scott has made in years. The streamlined narrative and the film’s consistent pacing, aided by a cast who don’t make a wrongfooted move, makes for easy popcorn entertainment.”
- Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist

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Like most theaters in the US, on Mondays we typically determine which main films will play starting on Friday and we book those films, if the studios allow it. Then on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we set the upcoming schedule and update the website and telephone hotline.

We plan to bring the following films to the theaters. Be sure to sign up for our weekly email newsletter and get automatic updates about upcoming films and events!

Steve Jobs – Watch the Trailer – Opening Friday, October 23
Suffragette – Watch the Trailer

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Playing Wednesday, October 14 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee – Extra! Extra! Newspaper Films!

1940/USA/NR/92 min
Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy

Walter Burns is a conniving but irresistible newspaper publisher desperate to woo back the paper’s star reporter — who happens to be his estranged wife. She’s tired of the business and is ready to settle down with a new beau. But, as Walter well knows, she has one weakness — she can’t quite resist a juicy scoop.

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Playing Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm – Tickets $20/$18 Students

Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock”, “Today, We Call Them ‘Computers’: The Alan Turing Story”, “Frankenstein” at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Hamlet in Shakespeare’s renowned play, captured live from the Barbican theatre in London.

We invite you to join Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch for an extraordinary one-night cinema event on Thursday, October 15. Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy tells the story of a son who is forced to talk to a skull and avenge his father’s death but rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

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Friday, October 16 from 9 am – 12 noon – FREE! – Tickets at

TEDx Traverse City’s first Salon event of 2015 will feature the highlights from their 2015 event as well as other TED Talks. There’s no cost to attend. Reserve your free tickets in advance to secure your attendance at

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Playing Friday, October 16 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5 – Tribute to Wes Craven

1984/USA/R/91 min
Director: Wes Craven
Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it’s too late?

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Playing Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2012/USA/PG/92 min
Directors: Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jeff Garlin

In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

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Playing Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee – Extra! Extra! Newspaper Films!

1948/USA/NR/111 min
Director: Henry Hathaway
Cast: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb

In Chicago in 1932 a policeman is murdered inside a speakeasy. Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) and another man are quickly arrested, and are later sentenced to serve 99 years’ imprisonment each for the killing. Eleven years later, Wiecek’s mother (Kasia Orzazewski) puts an ad in the newspaper offering a $5,000 reward for information about the true killers of the police officer. This leads the city editor of the Chicago Times Brian Kelly (Lee J. Cobb) to assign reporter P.J. McNeal (James Stewart) to look more closely into the case. McNeal is skeptical at first, believing Wiecek to be guilty. But he starts to change his mind, and meets increased resistance from the police and the state attorney’s office, who are unwilling to be proved wrong.

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Playing Friday, October 23 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5 – BFF Night!

1996/USA/R/101 min
Director: Andrew Fleming
Cast: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell

After transferring to a Los Angeles high school, Sarah (Robin Tunney) finds that her telekinetic gift appeals to a group of three wannabe witches, who happen to be seeking a fourth member for their rituals. Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True) and Nancy (Fairuza Balk), like Sarah herself, all have troubled backgrounds, which combined with their nascent powers lead to dangerous consequences. When a minor spell causes a fellow student to lose her hair, the girls grow power-mad.

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Playing Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

1990/USA/PG/91 min
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher

While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, Helga (Mai Zetterling), young Luke (Jasen Fisher) inadvertently spies on a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. Stringer (Rowan Atkinson), Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches.

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Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 and 3:00 pm – $20 At Door and

Maestro Kevin Rhodes accompanies the cult classic silent film “Phantom of the Opera” with his improvised score on piano and keyboard. Called one of the greatest silent horror films of the 1920s, Lon Chaney is the quintessential Phantom with his horrific, self-applied makeup as he haunts the Paris Opera House

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Playing Wednesday, October 28 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee – Extra! Extra! Newspaper Films!

1976/USA/PG/138 min
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, and Hal Holbrook

Based on the true story of two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top.

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Playing Friday, October 30 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5 – Costume Contest with Prizes!

1981/USA/R/85 min
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods, where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find a tome called the “Necronomicon”, Book of the Dead, and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens are possessed. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead. Despite the shoestring production values, director Sam Raimi has fashioned a tight, lightning-paced fever dream of a movie, filled with operatic overacting and outrageously gory effects that give the project a comic-book feel. After considerable word of mouth the film became a hit on home video, where it achieved further notoriety thanks to its highly-publicized banning in Britain amid the notorious “Video Nasties” censorship campaign. Raimi cranked up the story’s comic aspects several dozen notches for the rollicking semi-remake, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.

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Saturday, October 31 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the State Theatre – FREE! Family Halloween Party and Haunted Basement Tours

Bring the kids and your costumes to a fun Halloween Party at the State Theatre during the downtown Halloween Walk! There’ll be treats, activities, and cartoons for all ages. And those who dare can take a tour of the State Theatre’s Haunted Basement. You never know what might be found in the darkest corners of a building constructed in 1916…

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