THE OPEN SPACE OUTDOOR CINEMA
Free Movies at the Open Space, corner of Union St. & Grandview Parkway
One of Northern Michigan’s most beautiful public places, Open Space is the perfect outdoor park for listening to live music, eating delicious food, and watching the sunset and a great film on a giant 65’ screen.
Ventana Charitable Foundation
THE STATE THEATRE
233 E. Front St.
The State Theatre is the home of the Traverse City Film Festival. A classic Traverse City landmark, the State Theatre harkens back to the golden days of cinema. Originally built in 1916, and restored with great care by Michael Moore and an army of volunteers, this 527-seat movie palace was named by the MPAA as the #1 movie theater in the world. We think it is the perfect place to see a film.
BIJOU BY THE BAY
181 East Grandview Parkway
Renovated and opened in 2013, and a block away from its big sister, the State Theatre, the Bijou is a true gem of a place to watch a movie. Nestled in Clinch Park on Grand Traverse Bay, this intimate venue seats 160 film lovers in relaxed, air conditioned comfort.
Learn more about the Bijou by the Bay and what’s playing all year long here.
Petra von Kulajta & Tim Werner and Michael Poehlman Photography
THE CITY OPERA HOUSE
112 1/2 E. Front St.
Constructed in 1891, the City Opera House is a remarkable community asset. In 1897 it was the first commercial building in Traverse City to make use of the electric light. For many years this Victorian theater was a center for the community. Closed in the mid-forties, it was re-opened in the mid-eighties after a diligent restoration campaign with the goal of creating a community cultural center for frequent and diverse public use. It features a grand entrance, balcony seating, and cupids on the ceiling. This stunning venue is the festival’s third-largest with 465 seats.
Learn more about the City Opera House here.
Dingeman & Dancer, PLC
THE OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE
148 E. Eighth St.
The Old Town Playhouse is home to the Traverse City Civic Players, which was created in April 1960 to bring amateur theatre to northern Michigan. With 250 brand new, extremely comfortable State Theatre-style seats, the Playhouse is the festival’s most enveloping venue. Located just three blocks from downtown Traverse City, the Old Town Playhouse season runs annually from fall through summer with a variety of productions. Performance areas include a main stage auditorium and a studio theatre.
Learn more about The Old Town Playhouse here.
Shanty Creek Resorts and Lars & Megan Kelto
LARS HOCKSTAD AUDITORIUM
301 W. Seventh St.
Located in the historic Traverse City Central Grade School, and constructed in 1922, Lars Hockstad is the festival’s largest indoor venue, featuring festival-provided AC and 750 comfy seats to relax in, all donated by supporters during the 2011 festival-led renovation.
Rich, Cindy & Kris Milock
Dennos Museum Center, 1701 E. Front St.
The Michael and Barbara Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is the region’s premier cultural center offering world class programming in the visual and performing arts. The museum offers a changing array of exhibitions in three galleries and a sculpture court; features a “hands on” Discovery Gallery; and a Gallery of Inuit art, the museum’s major permanent collection. The museum’s Milliken Auditorium is a sleek 367-seat venue featuring great sight lines, a huge screen, and incredible acoustics.
Learn more about Milliken Auditorium here.
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge and Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
Dennos Museum Center, 1701 E. Front St.
Our smallest, most intimate venue is just down the hall from Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum. With 35 comfortable seats, this screening room is perfect for our avant garde film selections.
Learn more about the Dennos Museum Center here.
The Inchauste Family
Free movies at 301 Seventh St in Central Grade School
Laser Printer Technologies
On the lawn outside Central Grade School, 301 W. Seventh Street
Bring your budding cinephiles to the $1 kids films Wednesday – Saturday at 9:30 am. Take in a great film, eat FREE popcorn, and then walk outside onto the beautiful lawn for our FREE party, brimming with film-related fun, activities, crafts, and games for kids from tiny tots to young tweens. Your kids won’t want to leave!
Trattoria Stella and The Franklin
1701 E. Front Street
Mere steps away from Milliken at NMC, our 118-seat film school brings together students of all ages who are eager to learn about the craft of filmmaking in one of Northern Michigan’s finest centers of learning.
Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation
MOVIES ON A BOAT
The Gas Dock in Clinch Marina
Enjoy cool breezes and catch a beautiful view of Grand Traverse Bay as you set sail to watch a great film in an unparalleled setting: a 34-seat catamaran, thanks to our friends at the Nauti-Cat.
Learn more about Movies on a Boat here.
Explore the future of storytelling this year at the brand new Hotel Indigo in the Warehouse District downtown. Great discoveries await in our free drop-in venue, located inside the new Hotel Indigo.
Michigan State University and Michigan Film and Digital Media Office