This year, the Traverse City Film Festival 2013 has added an exciting new venue that will become the second year-round screen of the acclaimed State Theatre, recently voted as the No. 1 movie theater in the world by the Motion Picture Association of America. The new Bijou by the Bay, a historic Roosevelt-era building, is now a converted state-of-the-art theater that seats 184 and is located in the newly renovated Clinch Park along West Grand Traverse Bay. Mere steps from the Front Street district, the Bijou will bring the excitement of cinema to the sandy, wave-lapped shores of Traverse City’s most popular beach.

Also in Clinch Park is the return of the Cinema Salon, a gathering where filmgoers can discuss provocative films following their screenings, furthering the film-going experience. Nearby is the Music Stage, where a wide diversity of performances by Traverse City Film Festival 2013 musicians can be heard while enjoying panoramic views of West Bay. As a center of music, movies, passionate dialogs, and free films shown nightly on the giant inflatable screen at the Open Space, Traverse City’s magnificent bay front is one of the hottest spots to experience the best of Traverse City Film Festival 2013.