Hours & Showtimes 

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Movie Ticket Prices

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Non-Profit theatre in the heart of Suttons Bay

The Bay Theatre is operated by the Bay Community Theatre, a volunteer run, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.


Our mission is to enhance the access and appreciation for cinema, performing, and literary arts by providing a local venue for cultural, intellectual and educational programs, and to maintain and protect the historic Bay Theater building.


Established in 1946, The Bay Theatre has brought warmth and entertainment to the community for over 70 years. In 2019, The Bay Theatre began operating as a non-profit theater.  Over the decades The Bay Theatre has filled the screen with countless wonderful films, hosted dozens of fine musicians on stage as well as live theatre, community fundraisers, and other special events.

Recognized as one of the original “arthouse” theatres with its innovative selection of mainstream, indie and foreign films, The Bay Theatre remains committed to its role as a meeting place where the arts and the community come together.

We have many great films, music and events planned and a new way for you, our valued patrons, to take full advantage of our offerings.


As a community run non-profit, Bay Community Theatre relies on the support of members of the community.

Suttons Bay Charm

A renovated, historic & charming single-screen movie theater and concert venue dating back to 1946 and renovated in the 1970s and again in the Spring of 2017.

The Bay retains a vintage look with its original hardwood flooring and re-furbished turquoise seats.  After decades of showing 16mm and 35mm films, in 2013 it converted to digital technology and now offers state-of-the-art Christie Digital Projection and Dolby Surround Sound.

An early leader in selective and diverse film programming, The Bay has been showing quality first-run, Academy-Award winning blockbusters, independent and foreign films for 40 years.  It is home to The Bay Film Series, a popular subscription series (open to the public as well) which begins each September thru April featuring award-winning films from around the world.

The Bay Theatre has also been a venue for live music and dramatic theater since the late 1970s with numerous shows involving local performers and nationally-renowned musicians.  A comfortable, intimate setting with great acoustics The Bay is an excellent venue for live shows.  Some of its earliest concerts featured Jim Post and John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and Elizabeth Cotton, T Bone Burnett and Mose Allison. Other performers over the years include Utah Phillips, Greg Brown, John Gorka, Chris Smither, Jeff Daniels, Jeremy Kittel and more.

A Message from the Board of Directors of the Bay Community Theatre

June 12, 2020


The tragic and tumultuous events of recent weeks have made us reflect on our lives, our community, and the role of our beloved Bay Community Theatre.   We believe racism is simply unacceptable.  Our non-profit Bay Community Theatre was founded by the community, for the community.  The entire community.  Everyone.   This will never change.   


“The Bay” is a gathering place for shared joy, entertainment, escape, and learning.  Yes, learning.   Movies have a long history of telling powerful stories that help us understand and appreciate the people and world around us.   At the Bay Community Theatre we recognize and embrace the role film and live events can play to illuminate darkness, frame (or reframe) our views, and bring us together.  This is where we can and will make a difference.


Looking forward, we are committed to presenting a diversity of films and live events to our community.  Our mission is not just to provide entertainment.  The mission of the Bay Community Theatre is to provide a venue for cultural and educational programs.  We will do this with our own programming decisions and in partnership with local community members and organizations.  We promise to use the platform of our beloved “Bay” to bring people together and to be a positive community force for many years to come.