Detroit, Michigan’s historic music venue Majestic Theatre will host hundreds of new shows thanks to a $1 million upgrade and a partnership with the concert giant AEG.
This three-phase renovation project will upgrade the concert hall, stage curtains, sound system, the first-floor cafe, and concert ceilings in the venue, The Detroit News reports. Contractors will install a box office on the street, a lobby bar, and new restrooms. Additionally, the project aims to restore the original marquee that was added to the theatre back in 1934.
“We think the future is brighter than ever in Detroit and now is the perfect time to invest and grow our business,” theatre owner Dave Zaineain said in a news release. “We will now be able to bring more top-notch bands and performers to Midtown.” He added that the project will help improve the local economy in the city and add new jobs.
The theatre, which opened in 1915 on Woodward Avenue, was designed by C. Howard Crane. The Majestic complex is also home to The Garden Bowl, a bowling alley that has operated for 104 years, along with Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizzeria and Deli, and the Magic Stick and the Alley Deck – all which will stay open during renovations.
Midtown Detroit Inc. Executive Director Sue Mosey explained that this upgrade would attract more concertgoers, which is a “definite upgrade for the neighborhood.”
“The Majestic’s restoration and renovation plans, along with its partnership with AEG, will not only be great for the neighborhood because of the investment but it will also attract larger crowds to the area,” Mosey said.
AEG has partnered with the venue in hopes to bring high-level acts to Majestic Theatre throughout the next few years. AEG Presents Vice President of Talent, Jason Rogalewski, said that the company is excited to be a part of Majestic’s restoration process because of its history and fame in the city.
“The Majestic is a celebrated club that we’ve all enjoyed seeing amazing performances at throughout the years,” Rogalewski said. “Our team looks forward to promoting over 100 concerts a year at the legendary theater and helping to continue its time-honored status as concert venue in the market.”