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 Peg Rowley

"Kantzler started it all. In 1983 The Kantzler Foundation approached me to start up the Bay Area Community Foundation. It funded our operating expenses for several years and worked with us in partnership as we implemented a number of community involvement projects, like the Riverwalk and Pier. When I reflect on great programs and projects like the Community Foundation, Studio 23, The State Theatre, BaySail, the facilities at Wenonah Park, The Civic Arena, The Wirt Library, The Dow Family Y, Playscape at the State Park and so much more, I have to think, 'Where would we be without The Kantzler Foundation?'"

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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