Friday, December 08, 2006
Ann Arbor Theaters
Ann Arbor preserves two really retro theaters. The State Theater now shows movies only in what was formerly the balcony of a large campus-area theater, and has lost much of its original size and style to the redo. The sightlines are terrible: every seat has an awkward view.
The Michigan Theater, in contrast, represents years of preservation efforts, including repainting the overwrought ornateness of gold decor and installing all-new plush velvet seats. The Michigan shows not only first-run films, but also is home to concerts, film festivals, and other civic events. Its theater organ still rises from inside the floor at full theater-organ volume.
Thus, as in these photos, from the corner of State and Liberty one can see two theater marquees of the most impressively antique variety.
Posted by Mae Travels at 8:22 PM