Traverse City Film Festival venues offer exceptional audio-visual technology, comfy seating and historic charm to enhance your film-viewing experience. The festival is chock-full of features ranging from laugh-out-loud comedies to moving documentaries. Plus, pre-festival screenings will take place across Northern Michigan—find the Around the Bay showings here.
Kirkbride Hall at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons makes its debut as a venue in 2017. This summer, too, look for the auditorium at Traverse City Central High School to be transformed into a first-rate movie theater! More below.
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The Open Space Outdoor Theater
Corner of Union St. and Grandview Parkway
One of Traverse City’s most beautiful and versatile public gathering places, the Open Space is the place to be each night of the festival for free, larger-than-life screenings. Films will be projected onto a large inflatable screen next to West Grand Traverse Bay near downtown Traverse City.
The State Theatre
223. E Front St.
The beautiful home of the Traverse City Film Festival, the State Theatre is a Traverse City landmark. Originally built in 1916, this theater was lovingly restored to its former glory by Michael Moore and volunteers. This 527-seat movie house is the perfect place to view a movie and was recently named #1 movie theater in the world by MPAA.
Bijou by the Bay
181 E. Grandview Pkwy.
One of the newest editions to the Traverse City theater lineup, the Bijou By The Bay was renovated and opened in 2013. Located in the historic Con Foster Museum, the Bijou is operated year-round by the community and is the sister screen to the State Theatre.
The City Opera House
112 1/2 E. Front Street
The City Opera house became the first commercial building in Traverse City to make use of the electric light in 1897. After closing down in the mid-forties and reopening in the mid-eighties, the Opera House has encountered numerous renovations and changes including the recently added balcony seating and grand entrance.
The Old Town Playhouse
148 E. 8th St.
The Old Town Playhouse was founded in 1960 to bring civic players to Traverse City via an amateur theater program. With a 358-seat main theater, the Old Town Playhouse brings stage events to the Traverse City area from the autumn through the summer. Located just a few blocks south of downtown.
1701 E. Front St.
Located at Northwestern Michigan College, the Milliken Auditorium is the main stage at Traverse City’s premier cultural center. The museum’s 367-seat auditorium offers concerts and performing arts events throughout the year.
1701 E. Front St.
The more intimate theater within the Dennos Museum, the Dutmers Theatre offers only 35 seats and is used to show educational films to school groups throughout the year.
New! Central High School Auditorium
1150 Milliken Dr. near Milliken Auditorium
Home to the TC Trojans’ thriving music and theater programs, Central’s ample and completely refurbished auditorium will seat 450 delighted moviegoers at this summer’s film festival.
1701 E. Front St.
Located just a few steps away from Milliken Auditorium the Film School, located in Scholars Hall of the Northwestern Michigan College campus, will offer classes twice daily Wednesday through Sunday throughout the festival.
Movies On a Boat
Clinch Park Marina Gas Dock- 161 E Grandview Pkwy
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: on a 34-seat catamaran, thanks to our friends at the Nauti-Cat.
The Woz at Hotel Indigo
263 W Grandview Pkwy.
Explore the future of storytelling this year at the brand new Hotel Indigo in the Warehouse District downtown. Be among the first to check out the latest in virtual reality technology and new innovations in interactive storytelling.
New! Kirkbride Hall
GT Commons – 700 Cottageview #200
This summer the curtain rises on a new Traverse City Film Festival venue: The circa-1880s Kirkbride Hall in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Built as the chapel for the Northern Michigan Asylum (later known as the Traverse City State Hospital), Kirkbride is adorned with elegantly designed clerestory ceilings and stained glass windows. The hall’s careful restoration in 2014 is the product of The Minervini Group, the team that since 2000 has been renovating the many stunning Victorian-Italianate buildings on the 63-acre village campus. Today, those buildings are filled with eateries, boutiques, galleries and a winery—the perfect setting for a movie theater.
The Minervini Group welcomes the challenges of converting the hall into a comfortable theater—including adding ventilation for the audio equipment, curtains and a temporary projection booth. “When it was originally constructed in 1885, the chapel space was a technologically advanced gathering space for Northern Michigan,” says Raymond Minervini, a partner in the group. “It had central heating and cooling, and the marvel of electric lights. It will be amazing to see it enjoyed in 2017 with all of the advanced film and audio equipment for the telling of stories through moving pictures.”
TC’s oldest public gathering place, Kirkbride Hall will seat 150 movie lovers.
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