- Open Space Outdoor Cinema
- State Theatre
- Bijou by the Bay
- City Opera House
- Old Town Playhouse
- Lars Hockstad Auditorium
- Milliken Auditorium
- Dutmers Theater
- The Buzz
- Kids Fest
- Film School
- Movies on a Boat
- The Patio at Clinch Park
- Brilliant Books Bookstall
THE OPEN SPACE OUTDOOR CINEMA
Free Movies at the Open Space, corner of Union St. & Grandview Parkway
One of Traverse City’s most beautiful and versatile public gathering places, an ideal venue to enjoy an outdoor movie as well as the very best summertime fun northern Michigan has to offer.
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 lovingly restored to its former glory by Michael Moore and an army of volunteers, this movie house is the perfect place to see a movie, and was recently named the #1 movie theater in the world by the MPAA. Call the State Theatre Hotline at 231-947-4800 for showtimes, or visit the State Theatre website to purchase tickets and for complete information.
What’s Showing Now?
BIJOU BY THE BAY
181 East Grandview Parkway
Renovated and opened in 2013, the Bijou by the Bay at the historic Con Foster Museum is a unique and wonderful place to see a movie. Located in Clinch Park on Traverse City’s waterfront, the Bijou by the Bay operates as a year-round community-based theater and sister screen to the State Theatre.
Learn more about the Bijou by the Bay here.
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. Updates completed during the past year include a new grand entrance and balcony seating.
Learn more about the City Opera House here.
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. 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.
LARS HOCKSTAD AUDITORIUM
301 W. Seventh St.
Located in the historic Traverse City Central Grade School, Lars Hockstad Auditorium is a year-round host to numerous professional and student stage productions and concerts for the Traverse City area, including the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the annual Rotary Variety Show. Constructed in 1922 and renovated last year by the community matching a challenge grant from Michael Moore, with new, comfortable seats, Lars Hockstad is the festival’s largest indoor venue and a new favorite.
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 offers concerts in blues, jazz, chamber and world music and hosts the productions of numerous performing arts groups in the region.
Learn more about Milliken Auditorium here.
Dennos Museum Center, 1701 E. Front St.
Also inside Dennos, Dutmers Theater offers an fresh, intimate atmosphere for the festival. As a smaller venue, Dutmers is used to show educational films to school groups throughout the year. TCFF will use the space for documentary and experimental screenings with smaller audiences.
Learn more about the Dennos Museum Center here.
Our newest venue—named after our beloved friend, the late Buzz Wilson—is dedicated to bringing inspiring, interesting, intelligent movies to the public completely FREE of charge, all day every festival day! Unique to this indoor venue: alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
Learn more about InsideOut Gallery here.
On the lawn outside Central Grade School, 301 W. Seventh Street
Kids Fest has been a huge hit and we’re bringing it back again this year! After the $1 family movies at Lars Hockstad Wednesday-Saturday at 9:30 am, join us on the beautiful lawn outside for games, arts and crafts, performances, sports, bubbles, music, tiny tots area, family comfort station, food, giveaways, and much more. Bring some sunscreen and kids who are ready to have fun—the water and entertainment are on us!
1701 E. Front Street
Sponsored by Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation
Conveniently located just a few steps away from Milliken Auditorium, right on the festival loop, Scholars Hall at Northwestern Michigan College is host to this year’s expanded Film School. Twice daily Wednesday – Sunday during the festival, more than 130 people of all ages will learn together in one of Northern Michigan’s finest centers of learning.
MOVIES ON A BOAT
The Gas Dock in Clinch Marina
Along with bringing you Movies Around the Bay, you can experience movies literally ON the Bay. We’re partnering with our friends at the Nauti-Cat to offer a special opportunity for film lovers with a good set of sea legs. Set sail into the sunset to enjoy a great film in a simply unparalleled setting. Refunds will be issued in the event of inclement weather.
Learn more about Movies on a Boat here.
THE PATIO AT CLINCH PARK
Each day after select 12 noon and 3 pm Cinema Salon Series movies, filmmakers and moviegoers meet in Clinch Park for insightful discussions about the Cinema Salon movie selection. You can also enjoy free concerts from the festival’s volunteer musicians at our waterside Music Stage, and on select evenings, our evening panels at 6 pm.
BRILLIANT BOOKS BOOKSTALL
112 1/2 E. Front St. in the City Opera House
Be sure to stop in to the City Opera House during the festival to visit the amazing selection of TCFF film related books set up by Brilliant Books, an independent book store in Suttons Bay.