Over a century ago, the State Theatre brought movies to Front Street. Today, in our restored, historic, antique gem beats the heart of the TCFF.
But since the State is one of only two existing year-round movie theaters in downtown Traverse City, many more must come alive each July for the festival. Out of necessity, we’ve built them, but we’d like to think that each theater has its own special character; unique spaces that infuse the films we show there with a little extra zest. Each venue is distinct, and like great character actors, each fleshes out the whole of the film-going experience.
Open Space is one of Northern Michigan’s most beautiful public places, and the perfect outdoor park for listening to live music, eating delicious food, and watching the sunset and a great film on a giant 65-foot screen.
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.
The beautifully restored City Opera House, constructed in 1891, features a grand entrance, balcony seating, and cupids on the ceiling. This stunning venue is the festival’s second largest, with 465 seats on the main floor and balcony.
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 comfort.
Learn more about the Bijou by the Bay and what’s playing all year long here.
The Michael and Barbara Dennos Museum Center, currently undergoing an exciting expansion, houses Milliken Auditorium, a sleek 367-seat venue featuring great sight lines, a huge screen, and incredible acoustics.
This immaculately renovated hall was built in 1885 as the original chapel for the Traverse City State Hospital, now part of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. TC’s oldest public gathering place, Kirkbride Hall seats 150 movie lovers.
Our smallest, most intimate venue is just down the hall from Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center. With 35 comfortable seats, this screening room is perfect for smaller, adventurous, specialized movie screenings.
Explore the future of storytelling with our showcase of interactive media projects that take you beyond the traditional movie screen, brought to us by Michigan State University. Great discoveries await in our free drop-in venue.