The Michigan Theater, a historic gem in Ann Arbor, Michigan, first opened its doors on January 5, 1928. This opulent movie “palace” was designed by the Chicago-based architect Maurice Finkel, who crafted it in the Renaissance Revival style. Alongside the theater, Finkel is also credited with designing Detroit’s Ossian H. Sweet House (built in 1919), and the Michigan Theatre in Jackson, Michigan, which opened in 1930 (all currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places). At its opening, the Michigan Theater boasted 1,700 seats, a Wurlitzer organ, and stunning interior decorations, making it a prime venue for vaudeville performances, silent films, and other entertainment offerings of the era. 
During the 1940s and 1950s, the Michigan Theater flourished as a premier movie house. However, by the 1970s, the rise of multiplex cinemas and changing entertainment preferences led to a decline in single-screen theaters, placing the Michigan Theater in jeopardy. In 1979, the Butterfield Theatres chain, which owned the building, announced plans to close it, sparking a community outcry. Concerned citizens and local leaders rallied to save the theater, resulting in the establishment of the non-profit Michigan Theater Foundation, which purchased the building in 1982.

The 1980s and 1990s marked a period of restoration and revitalization for the Michigan Theater. Extensive fundraising efforts and community support facilitated significant renovations, including the restoration of the original Wurlitzer organ, which remains a centerpiece of the theater’s charm. The theater also expanded its programming to include a diverse mix of classic films, independent movies, special events, and live concerts, including performances by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.


PARKING STRUCTURES When attending an A2SO concert at the Michigan Theater, there are several parking options available:

Liberty Square Parking Structure (510 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) Situated on East Washington Street, this structure is directly behind the Michigan Theater and offers a 1-3 minute walk from structure to venue. View on Google Maps. View rates.

Maynard Street Parking Structure (324 Maynard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) Located within sight of the theater, Maynard offers ample parking and a 2-5 minute walk. View on Google Maps. View rates.

STREET PARKING Metered parking is available on several streets around the Michigan Theater, including East Liberty Street, East Washington Street, State Street, Thompson Street, and Maynard Street (quick tip: continuing on Maynard Street just past East William Street should reveal open spots slightly removed from the downtown bustle). Be aware of time limits, hours, and construction, as these conditions can vary. Generally speaking, street parking is free after 6 PM (Mon-Fri), and all day on Sunday.

SEATING MAP The following seating chart displays pricing levels and seat areas for the Main Floor and Balcony of the Michigan Theater, current as of the 24/25 concert season.