Michigan Theater

603 E. Liberty Street,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Michigan Theater

This theater is a classic movie palace, opening on January 5, 1928 with seating for 1,841 and located near the University of Michigan.

During a recent restoration, the 1,700 seat Michigan Theater added a second 200 seat screen next to the main auditorium, and installed a new marquee to replace the older, 1950’s-era marquee (seen at right). This new marquee reveals much more of the theater’s facade, instead of hiding it. The theater retains its original Barton theater organ, installed in 1928.

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jumbobrain on August 10, 2009 at 11:29 am

Maybe I’m the only person who remembers this, but back in 1978 when Butterfield moved out of the Michigan there was serious talk of Jacobson’s moving in, gutting the interior and making it a new store (with movie theaters in the balcony). Though I’ve been seriously disappointed by many (most) of the changes I’ve seen in my hometown, the restoration of the Michigan is a big plus.

DonSolosan on August 10, 2009 at 12:49 pm

There was a lot of talk like that, including turning the building into a warehouse. The Michigan is the best kind of success story.

TLSLOEWS on March 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I like the old style marquee better than the new one,which is always the case.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

Wrong rating on DAISY MILLER it was rated PG.Why do i catch all these mistakes.Ever look at a one sheet guys.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

Was that"BUCK ROGERS" the re-cut TV show for the big screen.Just wondering.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

Is that a “JABBERWOCKY” one sheet in front? Sure looks like it.

DonSolosan on June 17, 2010 at 12:05 am

Mike, I’m looking at a one-sheet for Daisy Miller and it has a G rating on it. IMDB also has it as G.

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Twistr54 on October 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

‘'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’‘ was out in 1978,(I think,I drove to the movie so it had to be then) they then made the TV show from the movie, Gil Gerard was the star of both.

dansdriveintheater on October 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm

it actually seats 1,590 people

DavidZornig on November 27, 2019 at 10:23 am

Link with 1976 photos.


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