The Michigan Theater reported today that it received gifts and pledges of $104,000 in July toward its $200,000 Community Challenge announced in late June to encourage donations to the State & Michigan Project. That challenge was issued as the result of two pledges of $100,000 each by two Ann Arbor couples. The two donor couples will match all gifts to the campaign between now and August 31, up to $200,000.
“The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me,” said Executive Director Russ Collins, “and we are so grateful. If we can maintain this pace through August, we will reach the $200,000 mark and receive the entire match.”
The State & Michigan Project is the name of the capital campaign the Michigan Theater has been running since 2015 to generate $8.5 million to renovate the State Theatre and make capital improvements to the Michigan Theater.
The renovations are well underway, and include installation of a new elevator; a new entrance with an open-air staircase; expansion from two theaters to four; modern, high-back seating and increased legroom throughout the four theaters; restoration of many of the art deco features of the mezzanine lounge; and a thoroughly refurbished marquee and sign.
The campaign total stands at $7.5 million as it approaches its final stage.
Gifts to the State Theatre Seat Sponsorship campaign are eligible for the match. Seat Sponsors can have their name and/or message engraved on a brass plaque on a seat at the State Theatre. Payments for State Theatre Seat Sponsorship gifts – and all gifts to the campaign – can be spread over five years.
“We have received donations from just under 1000 families so far,” Collins continued. “If someone has not yet made a gift, this matching opportunity is the perfect time to do it since the impact of every gift will be doubled!”
The State Theatre will seat about 370 people in its new 4-screen format. It is expected to open late this fall.
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