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State Theatre, Bay City (Official)
Previously operated by: Butterfield Theaters
Architects: Charles Howard Crane
Previous Names: Bijou Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Bay Theatre
News About This Theater
- Jun 18, 2010 — "Jaws"... Happy 35th!
- May 14, 2010 — Please Post Today, May 14 --- "Jaws," Happy 35th
- Sep 16, 2008 — State Theatre unveils new marquee
- Feb 8, 2007 — Brokeback Mountain screening at State Theatre
- Oct 13, 2006 — State Theatre wins State Historical Society Top Award for Preservation
Built as the Bijou Theatre in 1908, this former vaudeville palace was remodeled in 1916 and was operated by the W.S. Butterfield Theaters chain. added movies to its programming and by 1921 it had been renamed the Orpheum Theatre.
In 1930, architect C. Howard Crane was hired to gut and rebuild the interior of the theatre which he did in an Art Deco/Mayan aesthetic. The theatre was renamed again as the Bay Theatre and it had 710 seats. By the 1950’s, the Bay Theatre was renamed again as the State Theatre and received a new marquee.
The theatre was later saved by the Friends of the State and is currently owned by the Bay City Downtown Development Authority.
The theatre’s new owners embarked on a massive renovation, with over $2 million in funds raised for the project, it was completed by early-2006.
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