The State Theatre organization is committed to providing performing arts and films to enhance the cultural opportunities of all people throughout the Great Lakes Bay region and beyond. The theatre has undergone an extensive renovation to restore the building to its historic design.

Renovations began in 2000 and included the restoration of the Mayan based relief detail, replacement of the roof, stage and curtains and seating and refinishing o hardwood floors. In 2008, the theater became the first single screen theatre with a state of the art digital projection system in the United State. In that same year, the new international award winning marquee was unveiled and the Kantzler Foundation provided them with a grant to help make that happen.

They came to the Kantzler Foundation in 2014 seeking funds to upgrade their sound system. They believed that the upgrade would allow them to seek stronger performers for the community’s entertainment and enjoyment. The Kantzler Trustees provided them with a grant that helped them reach their sound system enhancement goal, and the State Theatre has been able to bring top name performers and musicians to Bay City for the town’s enrichment.

Community Impact

testimonial author Shirley Roberts - BaySail

"In the year 2000, trustees of the Kantzler Foundation took a chance on a brand new organization that promised to educate children about our environment and to build character in at-risk youth from the deck of a tall ship. The Foundation’s initial grant helped BaySail purchase a new set of sails for Bay City’s tall ship Appledore IV and an additional pool of funds allowed local teachers to bring their students aboard for a SCIENCE UNDER SAIL learning experience.

The Foundation later provided a grant for the purchase of a second vessel to support the growing demand for BaySail’s programs. Today, images of Appledore IV and Appledore V adorn the sides of buildings and have come to represent Bay City. BaySail programs have reached more than 43,000 students and introduced thousands more to our waterfront community, thanks to the vision and investment of the Kantzler Foundation. We think Mr. Kantzler would be proud!"

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The Kantzler Foundation provides financial support for charitable projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of Bay County in areas such as: education, science, arts, culture, human services, conservation, beautification and recreation.

Office Location

Pere Marquette Depot

1000 Adams St., Suite 200
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 893-4438
Email: kathy@kantzler.org