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The Congregation Detroit
We are cafe located inside a former church. Our location is situated between two historic districts, Boston Edison and Atkinson Ave in Detroit. We have an extensive outdoor space and a large main dining area.
Historic Theater, Jazz Cafe and rooftop nightclub
On December 9, 1928, The Wilson Theater, as it was originally named, opened with Florenz Ziegfeld’s production of “Rosalie.” Mrs. Dodge Wilson and her architect had toured the great theaters of Europe, with the intention of building a theater in downtown Detroit that would rival those of London. Subsequently, Meadow Brook Hall was designed by the very same architect and was completed less than a year after the Wilson Theater Mr. Kapp and his team from Smith, Hinchman & Grylls designed the 1701 seat theater to be built at a cost of $3 million, with luxurious, beautiful and state-of-the-art attributes and attitude. The curved wood paneled walls, silk drapes, specially designed seats and carpet, and multi-tiered lobby were opulent for the time. Dressing rooms to accommodate 100 performers and an orchestra pit for 40 musicians made the Wilson Theater a suitable rival to nearly any major performance facility in the country. Many of the original pieces such as the wood paneling, silk drapes and torchieres still hang in the theater today. The Wilson Theater logo is still present in the theater and can be seen in the iron work of the opera boxes and on the Jazz Café terrace.
In 1944, Mrs. Wilson sold the theater to Henry Reichhold, who renamed the theater “Music Hall,” determined to make it a permanent home for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Broadcast capabilities were added for thousands to listen in on the Ford Sunday Evening Hour. Audiences were thrilled as the orchestra and variety pieces filled the house with talent.
After being purchased by steel company executive Mervyn Gaskin in 1953, Music Hall was converted into the world’s second Cinerama theater, featuring an enormous curved screen, 3 synchronized projectors and 7 channels of stereophonic sound. To support the screen, the opera boxes were removed and the decorative details in the auditorium were all painted brown.
From 1971 to 1985, Michigan Opera Theater called Music Hall home. When, in 1974 Music Hall was slated for the wrecking ball, the intervention of Detroit Renaissance, Kresge Foundation and a new board saved the theater and reinvented it as a non-profit performing arts center.
In 1995, Music Hall underwent a major renovation; this time costing 6.5 million to return it to its original grandeur. The grandeur of which can be seen here, as well as at Meadow Brook Hall. Today, Music Hall stands as the last of Detroit’s remaining authentic stage theaters and the city’s premier venue for jazz, theater and dance. We introduced Aretha’s Jazz Café at Music Hall in 2006, as our newest performance space, featuring national Jazz and theater artists, as well as local talent.
Downtown Creative studio
Welcome to our Downtown Creative 1bdrm studio Apartment Located in the heart of Downtown Detroit blocks away from the riverfront.
Inside you’ll find a 660sqft Top floor unit with a 1bdrm studio that offers a modern and simplicity aesthetic. Enjoy immense natural light, full size living room with TV, charming dining area, breakfast bar, fully equipped kitchen (Including a Washer/Dryer), full bathroom (With tub & shower combo), bedroom loft with beautiful view of downtown detroit, complete with a Queen size bed, beautiful wood floors, and expansive walk-in closet. This unit also includes a step out balcony overlooking the street view. PERFECT for beautiful photography shots or simply a breath of fresh air.
We would love to be a part of your next project! This creative studio unit can serve as a photography studio for fashion shoots, Influencer shoots, holiday shoots, workshops, meetings, film production for TV pilots, feature films, web series, brand commercials, and many more!
With our ample breakout space, our clubhouse is perfect for team meetings, off-sites, conferences, presentations, product launches, dinners, cocktail receptions and anything else your team comes up with!
End to end hardwood floors
Changing area with full length mirror
Condiments (Coffee, tea, snacks)
Full access to pool and hottub area (4-6 people)
For an additional fee, we have optional features available to you
Reserved Conference area space (15-30 people) - $50
Studio light-boxes + studio light - $20
The posted price per hour is for a crew size of 15 or less including crew and talent. Larger productions are welcome, (For clubhouse use ONLY) we just need to discuss details regarding guest size and pricing.
FILMING, PHOTOSHOOTS & PRODUCTION
Please be up front with what you’re looking to do, and we’ll be happy to work with you to make your project a success! If you are interested in utilizing our space for film, television, music videos, or advertising campaigns, please contact us through the message center to discuss details, pricing and availability.
Please include the following
*Total number of crew & Talent
*Exact hours you will need (Ie 8am-8pm) including load-in/load-out, setup and tear-down
*Equipment & lighting spaces
Dates are available on a first book/first serve basis and will not be held without a deposit or reservation
We are happy to accommodate initial location scouts provided the rate and hourly minimum are met for the reservation date. We will only accommodate (1) scout prior to a booking reservation being made. Additional tech/director scouts will only be permitted once the booking has been accepted. All scouts are subject to availability, and we will not accommodate scouts during other guests reservations/productions.
All booking start and end times are inclusive of setup and tear down time, so please include that in your reservation. The space must be vacated and all items brought into the space must be removed by the end time of your booking reservation. Overtime will be billed in half-hour increments at a rate of 1.5 times our started hourly rate per pece policy.
There is FREE street parking. For loading and unloading you may use the gated parking lot located at the clubhouse. ONLY 2 CARS are allowed access to the gated parking. All others must park on the street.
Plenty of Natural Light
The space is chicly furnished with mid-century modern influences and large windows that bathe the floor in natural light. A bar and kitchenette with a fridge is built into the room, which caterers and bartenders are welcome to use for hors d’oeuvres and dinner. The venue also has two get-ready suites that are perfect for day-of preparations or as staging locations. One of these is decorated with soft pink furniture, unique lighting fixtures, billowing white curtains, and well-lit vanities.