UMS

Michigan Theater

603 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-764-2538

DIRECTIONS

I-94 Eastbound (from Jackson and Chicago)
Take I-94 East to Exit 172, Jackson Road. Jackson Road becomes Huron. Continue on Huron to State Street. Turn right on State Street, then turn either left or right onto Washington Street (parking lots are located in both directions). See map for exact parking locations.

I-94 Westbound (from Detroit)
Take I-94 West to Exit 177, State Street. Turn right (north) on State Street. Continue on State Street to the U-M campus. Turn either left or right from State Street onto Washington Street (parking lots are located in both directions).

US-23 Northbound and Southbound
Take US-23 to Exit 37 B, Washtenaw Avenue (to Ann Arbor). Go west on Washtenaw (from the Northbound exit you will automatically go west; from the Southbound exit turn right at the end of the exit ramp). Continue on Washtenaw until it forks. Veer to the right at the fork. Washtenaw becomes Huron. From Huron, turn left at the light on Fletcher. See map for exact parking locations.

M-14 Westbound (from Plymouth or Livonia)
Take M-14 West to Exit 3, Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street. Continue on Main Street. Turn left on Washington. See map for exact parking locations.

I-96 Eastbound (from Lansing)
Take I-96 East to US-23 South to M-14 West. Follow directions for M-14 Westbound.

I-696/I96 Westbound (from suburban Detroit)
Take I-696 or I-96 West to I-275 South to M-14 West. Follow directions for M-14 Westbound.

I-696/I96 Westbound (from suburban Detroit)
Take I-696 or I-96 West to I-275 South to M-14 West. Follow directions for M-14 Westbound.

PARKING

We know that parking in downtown Ann Arbor can be difficult and take longer than expected. Please allow plenty of time to park. Parking is available in the following structures. Please note: Parking structures are cash-only.

  1. Liberty Square: Entrance off Washington between State Street and Division.
  2. Maynard Street: Entrances off Maynard Street and Thompson between William and Liberty.
  3. Fletcher Street: (Power Center structure) Entrance off Fletcher Street at Washington.
  4. Palmer Drive: Accessible to University of Michigan blue and gold permit holders with an AVI device.
  5. Thayer Street: Entrance off Thayer Street between Washington and North University Avenue.
  6. Valet parking: Available for all Hill Auditorium performances on the Choral Union Series and the Handel’s Messiah concerts. Cars may be dropped off in front of Hill Auditorium beginning one hour prior to curtain time. UMS donors at the Concertmaster level ($7,500 annually) and above are invited to use this service at no charge.

Description

The historic Michigan Theater opened January 5, 1928 at the peak of the vaudeville/movie palace era. Designed by Maurice Finkel, the 1,710-seat theater cost around $600,000 when it was first built. As was the custom of the day, the theater was equipped to host both film and live stage events, with a full-size stage, dressing rooms, an orchestra pit, and the Barton Theater Organ. At its opening the theater was acclaimed as the best of its kind in the country. Since 1979, the theater has been operated by the not-for-profit Michigan Theater Foundation. With broad community support, the Foundation has raised over $8 million to restore and improve the Michigan Theater. The beautiful interior of the theater was restored in 1986.

In the fall of 1999, the Michigan Theater opened a new 200-seat screening room addition, which also included expanded restroom facilities for the historic theater. The gracious facade and entry vestibule was restored in 2000 and the balcony and backstage during 2001.

The Michigan Theater was honored with the 2006 Outstanding Historic Theater Award from the League of Historic American Theaters. The Michigan Theater is only the fourth historic theater in the country so recognized.

Click here to learn more about the historic Michigan Theater.

Accessibility

Access for Persons with Disabilities

There are no stairs on the main floor of the theater. Wheelchair seating is available on the main floor.

Entrances and Elevators

The main entrance is off of East Liberty Street. There is no elevator access to the balcony.

Ticket Office Location

For ticket sales and ticket pick-up, see the Ticket Office, located in the outdoor lobby in front of the Michigan Theater. The Ticket Office opens 90 minutes prior to the performance and remains open until 30 minutes after the performance begins.

SEAT MAPS

Seat Map
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