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Posted on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 11:24 a.m.

Russ Collins reflects on 85 years of the Michigan Theater, 30 years at its helm

By Joseph Tobianski

The Michigan Theater is celebrating its 85th anniversary, and at the same time Russ Collins is marking 30 years running the treasured local movie palace and performing-arts venue.

Both anniversaries fall in conjunction with the return of Sundance USA to the Michigan, which happens tonight. Collins took some time earlier this week to reflect on the importance of the theater and its history, as well as his own ties to the Michigan.

Organ music is performed by Andrew Rogers.

Russ Collins on the Michigan and its history:

Russ Collins on his own history with the theater:



Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 3:24 p.m.

Does anyone remember Sylvia Hamer's School of Dance on the 2nd floor at the front of the theater? She prepared most of the ballerinas in Ann Arbor from that studio.

Big Bad Wolf

Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 7:45 p.m.

If there was a list of those most responsible for Ann Arbor being a beacon of culture, Russ Collins would be at or near the top. Thank you, Russ, for your efforts and commitment to Ann Arbor and the Arts!


Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 11:50 p.m.

I agree and would add Ken Fischer (University Musical Society) to that list.

Bob Needham

Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 7:39 p.m.

Come back to tomorrow for a full report from Sundance USA.