Art is the soul of humanity. The performing arts discover, preserve and present the human expression of that soul. Music Hall is the unique and perfect venue for the celebration of who we are and who we can become."
-Leland K. Bassett, Chairman and CEO, Bassett and Bassett, Incorporated
Our Past and Present
Since Matilda Dodge Wilson opened Music Hall's doors in 1928, our intimate downtown venue has been a significant player in Detroit's performing arts sector. As the last remaining legitimate stage theatre, Music Hall is the only Detroit venue built for the primary purpose of presenting live performances. We have been home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre, one of the nation's first Cinerama screens, and a wide variety of quality performances that embody the diverse cultures of the world.
As a prominent variety house, Music Hall provides accessible music, theatre, dance, and other performance programming and education to a diverse audience. An opportunity for rising stars and a home for classic icons, Music Hall is truly a cultural resource for the city of Detroit.
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is a magnificent, fully restored 1928 historic theatre seating 1731 and holding four lounge areas, the Jazz Cafe and 3 Fifty Terrace on the rooftop. Music Hall plays host to a variety of non-theatrical events, including corporate annual meetings, parties, receptions, benefits, and fundraisers.
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