State Thr/Traverse City MI – To be Seen on Conclave 2011

Love him or hate him, you can’t find fault with MICHAEL MOORE’S dedication to classic movie theaters!  And we’ll be visiting the Traverse City theater on Conclave 2011!  

Michael Moore Wants to Revive Old Movie Theaters

by Christopher Campbell Jul 26th 2010 // 6:48PM Just when I thought Michael Moore had lost my interest forever (see my recent thoughts on Capitalism: A Love Story), he makes an announcement that hits directly at my movie theater-loving heart. On the eve of this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, which Moore founded, he’s announced plans to use a tax credit received from his latest film to aid in the revitalization or sustenance of old and run down movie houses in Michigan. Moore has already helped in the reopening of Traverse City’s State Theatre, and now he’s looking to promote the nonprofit cinema model, which he says will “bring in some jobs, pump money into the local economy.”

Some grant money may go to functioning movie theaters but only if they become nonprofit businesses. There’s also the potential for new theaters to go up where there are none, under the same status. So far he’s looking at Flint, Davison and Manistee. In the next year he hopes to donate to a dozen cinemas, and any future credits he receives from future films he makes in Michigan will go to the project for more locations. Apparently both of Capitalism‘s distributors, Overture Films and Paramount, support the program. And of course it fits the point of the film to put any profit into the community.

The Traverse Film Festival runs from July 27 through August 1.


  1. Well, shucks. Once again I feel myself wishing we could pick The Senator Theatre up brick by brick and move it away from Baltimore to another place, where people actually have a clue about the value of historic theatres and what should be done to preserve them. Michigan would be a nice place for an art deco theatre. Yeah, Michigan. They take care of their theatres there.

  2. Andy Pierce

    Is Michael Moore a member?

  3. Bob Callister

    As long as you’re going to be in Traverse City, be sure and see the Traverse City Opera House. On the second floor of a non-descript building. Saw it many years ago and was blown away. Hope it is still there.

  4. Anndrea T.

    How many people go to traverse city state theater a year

    • Catherine Olteanu


      You should connect with the marketing people at the state for that information.


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