In acknowledgment of the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
The Bay Theatre will host special showings of the documentary “RBG”
and the biopic “On the Basis of Sex”. 


   7:30 pm, Thursday, September 24

    PG | 1h 38min | Documentary, Biography | 2018

    Admission: $5


The 2018 documentary “RBG” presents the life, both professional and personal, of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On the professional side, her career as a lawyer and as a Justice of the US Supreme Court are highlighted. Eliminating gender discrimination – both of females and males – was a prime focus of Ginsburg’s career. Although seen as a liberal-leaning justice, she is seen even more as a consensus builder among her Supreme Court colleagues. It is in that role as a consensus builder that RBG formed an unlikely friendship with conservative-leaning Justice Antonin Scalia. The role of consensus builder changed when the balance in the court shifted to the right. As a result, Ginsburg felt compelled to voice her dissenting view to her colleagues in the continuation of the want for equality for all. RBG’s legal ferocity belies the fact of her diminutive physical stature and generally soft-spoken nature. On the personal side, she was married for over fifty years to a fellow lawyer and law school colleague Martin D. Ginsburg until his death in 2010. Their household defied those stereotypical gender roles in certain respects, at a time in society where it would have been considered unique.


“On the Basis of Sex”

7:30 pm, Thursday, October 1

PG-13 | 2h | Biography, Drama | January 2019

Admission: $5



“On the Basis of Sex” is a 2019 American biographical legal drama film based on the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who became the second woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman, it stars Felicity Jones as Ginsburg, with Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston, and Kathy Bates in supporting roles.

Please Join Us! 

Virtual Open House
5pm – 6pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Join us to hear the latest news and plans for your Bay Community Theatre. It’s been a very different kind of year for the theatre and for everyone! However, we are pleased to be open and serving our community during this challenging time. 

Our goal for the Virtual Open House:
To keep our community informed of the progress of The Bay, to answer your questions, and to hear your ideas and suggestions all in a LIVE and safe way. 

Viewers will be able to comment and ask questions in the chat area during the Virtual Open House.

Membership Campaign launch:
Members of the Bay Community Theatre will enjoy valuable benefits while helping sustain Leelanau’s only movie theatre for many years to come. There is more to share about this new program so we hope to “see” you at the Virtual Open House. 


How to participate: 

At the time of the Open House, click the image below. This will take you directly to the live stream meeting on YouTube. 

We appreciate your generous support for the Bay Community Theatre and hope you will join us online at 5pm on Tuesday, October 6th!

Virtual Open House - LIVE Stream with Q&A, 5pm, October 6, 2020

Film Favorites

Beginning September 2020, until the Bay Community Theatre is able to obtain new theatrical release films and seating restrictions are lifted, The Bay Theatre will be showing previously released repertory Film Favorites on the weekends with special pricing.

7:30 pm Friday & Saturday,
4:30pm Sunday.

$5  Film Favorite movies.

Check the Schedule to see which films are playing and to purchase tickets.

Plan Your Visit to The Bay Theatre

A COVID-19 Plan is in place to help keep customers and staff safe in the theatre. 

State and local health guidelines require wearing masks and social distancing. The Bay Community Theatre will adhere to these guidelines.

Seating is limited to fifty people per show. Small group seating (2,3,4) will be available in the theatre on a first come basis (See seating chart

Thank you Traverse magazine for featuring the local theatre industry in the September Filmgoer issue.

Thank you for letting people know that during these rough times The Bay Theatre and other, locally owned theaters continue to serve their communities.

Click here to read the story about The Bay Theatre in the September issue of Traverse magazine.





You, your family, and friends have The Bay Theatre all to yourselves.

Which movie would you like to watch?

Private screenings of the movie you would like to watch with only your family and friends is available Monday – Thursday at 4:30pm or 7:30pm.

Click on the link below to find out how to schedule your private screening.

Bay Community Theatre Private Screening

Questions? Contact:


Check out the introductions and recorded Q&A sessions from this year:


Your Bay Community Theatre is a non-profit that relies on your patronage.

The Bay Theatre is currently operating with reduced hours and seating capacity due to the health emergency and the disruption in the movie industry.  Public support is especially appreciated during this time and will help the The Bay Theatre to continue to serve the community.  Donations are welcome and tax deductible.

Thank you,

For further information on donations visit our Donate Webpage.

Donate every time you purchase something from Amazon!

Bay Community Theatre participates in the Amazon Smile program. When you place an order you can designate a donation from Amazon to your Bay Community Theatre.
For more information on how to donate when ordering:

Advanced Ticket Sales Refund Process for COVID-19 Health Emergency

Patrons who have already purchased tickets for performances cancelled by the COVID-19 Health Emergency may return their tickets for a refund or donate the value of the ticket to the Bay Community Theatre.

Tickets not redeemed for their value by October 31st, 2020 will be considered a donation to the Bay Community Theatre.

Patrons wishing a refund of their ticket purchase, can come to The Bay Theatre box office by October 31, 2020. Patrons must present the ticket stub from an in person purchase or a printout of the email receipt from an online purchase to receive a refund.

For further information check our website TheBayTheatre.com or email us at info@baycommunitytheatre.com

The Bay Community Theatre thanks you for your patronage and your patience.


Stay safe,

Board of Directors
Bay Community Theatre