How to Support Independent Theatres in the Coming Weeks

By: Scott Davis | March 18, 2020

Photo Credit: Michelle Gerard.

Things like our favorite books, television shows, or movies can provide a sense of comfort during changing and challenging times. We turn to art to feel a sense of normalcy, and many of us are doing that via our favorite streaming services. We can escape to these films while practicing social distancing, but the establishments that provide that escapism on a bigger screen are going to struggle in the coming weeks. Here are five independent movie theaters that always provide Metro Detroiters with great films when we need them and could use your help with donations in the coming weeks.

The Film Lab

The Film Lab opened its doors this past fall, and has provided movie fans with a diverse showing of international films and little-seen gems. The theater also features a terrific microbar and atmosphere that is welcoming for film buffs to gather and talk about the world of cinema. The Film Lab announced that it will be closed for the next two weeks, which will put a financial strain on the theater. You can make a tax-deductible donation that will support the theater’s staff on their website.

Cinema Detroit

Cinema Detroit specializes in showcasing the buzziest independent films while also curating speciality screenings. The non-profit arthouse cinema announced on their Facebook page they will be closing their doors for the foreseeable future and you can visit their website to make a tax deductible donation to help the theater support their staff. Be sure to follow their Facebook page for any updates and information on how to get refunds if you have purchased tickets to upcoming shows.

Senate Theater

The Senate Theater has always provided moviegoers with an escape to old Hollywood with its classic decor and Wurlitzer Pipe Organ accompanying films. The theater is also home to the Detroit Theater Organ Society where they hold numerous concerts throughout the year. You can help the non-profit organization during its shutdown by donating on their website via PayPal.

Michigan Theater and State Theatre

Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, The Michigan Theater and State Theatre showcases hot new releases along with plenty of unique screening series. The non-profit theaters also play host to concerts, game shows, speaker series, and much more throughout the year. The theaters announced they will be closed until the end of March and are accepting 100% tax deductible donations.

Penn Theater 

Downtown Plymouth’s historic Penn Theatre provides a unique single-screen experience and low prices on second run movies. The theatre announced on its website that it will be closing until April 8 with showings of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” beginning on April 9, unless the situation dictates otherwise. In the meantime, you can make a tax deductible donation on their website.