State Theater (Traverse City, MI)
If Quentin Tarantino got the idea for buying Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema from someone, it could have been Michael Moore. In 2005, the Oscar-winning documentarian purchased the historic State Theater in downtown Traverse City in order to renovate and reopen it as the home venue of his annual Traverse City Film Festival. In 2007, the started offering area residents a year-round destination for independent and art house programming, and endeavors to be affordable for all. Admission to Saturday kid matinees and classic films for seniors cost is just a quarter, and a popcorn and soda will run you just $2 more.
Why It Stands Out: Moore has long championed the idea of film as a medium for change, and he’s putting his money where his mouth is with the State Theatre. Offering a fun, eclectic, and sometimes strange lineup of films that are accessible to all.