The renovation of Ann Arbor’s historic State Theater is well underway and continues to generate excitement in the community.
According to an article posted by MLive in July, “anonymous donors are offering to match up to $200,000 in donations for improvements to the State Theater […] in downtown Ann Arbor.” The donors pledged match will be in effect until August 31st.
The theater’s art-deco marquee has been newly painted and re-lamped (with energy saving LED lights), offering passers-by a preview of the movie house’s finished exterior.
The design-build team of QEA and O’Neal Construction is renovating the venue to create four new state-of-the art theaters and restore the historic mezzanine-level lounge. By working within the building’s existing structural framework, the team has managed the project’s cost and minimized impacts on the existing retail space below, which remains open throughout construction. A beautiful glass-clad addition houses an improved and expanded street level entrance lobby, stairways and escalator, and an elevator which, along with new restrooms and concessions, provides universal accessibility and an exciting and unique movie-going experience.