Wish List

Every year we have a list of projects that would make the State Theatre a better place, but because of budget constraints, we just can’t get them to the top of our to-do list. We’d love to take you on a tour and show you these things if you are interested! Donations in any amount are accepted toward these theater improvements.

HEARING AND VISION IMPAIRED ASSISTIVE DEVICES: $30,000
We are working with the Disability Network of Northern Michigan and a group of advocates to purchase the best devices possible for allowing people to see many films with open captions and descriptive audio tracks. We are very excited about new technology in this area and look forward to making the State truly accessible to everyone. We welcome gifts in any amount toward this important cause!

SCANNER FOR MEMBERSHIPS AND ONLINE TICKETS: $700
Members and online ticket purchasers will be able to zip through the line when we get a scanner.

REMOVABLE SEAT BRACKETS: $2,500
We can make the job of putting out the temporary stage much easier on our volunteers and staff with the right hardware for the first two rows of removable seats at the theater.

NEW BOX OFFICE COMPUTERS: $2,000
All of the machines will be faster and work with fewer crashes if we can upgrade them

REWIRE THE LOWER PORTION OF THE MARQUEE: $10,000
During the renovation of the theater’s exterior that we just completed, we were able to get a sponsorship for the replacement of the 1949 electrical wiring in the top of the marquee. Looking at the shape of that wiring, we are inspired to find the $10,000 necessary to completely rewire the bottom section of our beautiful and historic marquee.

SHELVING FOR THE BASEMENT: $400
We’d love to have two more gorilla racks for the basement to help us keep our items safe and organized.

BALCONY RUNNING LIGHTS: $4,000
Little blue lights for the balcony will make it easier to navigate.

POPCORN MACHINE MAINTENANCE: $1,000
It’s time for our five year old super machine to go in for service. It was donated by Buzz Wilson when we first opened the theater, and it’s a grand machine.

FINISH THE MAT AND RUG WASHING STATION IN THE BASEMENT: $1,500
Winters in Michigan are tough on floors, and we take great pride in keeping the building spotless. This sink will make the job of our staff and volunteers much easier.

CURTAIN CABLES: $10,000
Sponsor as set of steel curtain cables which need to be replaced every three years. The ones we have are past time for repair, and we have pulleys that need attention as well. The curtain is up in a tight space, it’s a wonder they made the State’s curtain work in the area we have.

SOUNDPROOF DOORS BETWEEN THE LOBBY AND AUDITORIUM: $8,000
Good idea for quiet and undisturbed movies.

REPLACE BATHROOM PARTITIONS WITH STAINLESS STEEL: $5,500
Most of the time historic elements are charming and wonderful — sometimes they really need to go. This particular repair is our building manager’s dearest wish.

MARQUEE LETTER REPLACEMENT: $20,000
Our volunteers and staff regularly glue together broken marquee letters to keep our inventory going through the brittle winter months. We could replace a good number of the broken letters and numbers with help in this area.