$2 million in renovations coming to Detroit's Masonic Temple

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 13:36:23-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit's Masonic Temple has reached an operating and booking agreement with AEG Presents that will bring $2 million in renovations to the historic venue over the next couple of years.

The agreement between AEG Presents and the Masonic Temple Theatre and Cathedral Theatre was announced on Thursday, and expands on AEG's relationship with the venue. AEG presents has previously booked major artists including Lana Del Ray, Jack White, LCD Soundsystem, The Killers and more since their relationship began in 2013.

"The agreement provides support to help The Masonic Temple stay true to its established culture while continuing to drive growth and innovation that will expand the venue's presence in the market," AEG said in a release.

The $2 million in renovations and restorations will happen in the first two years and is expected to enhance the venue experience for both artists and fans.

The Masonic Temple is approaching 100 years old and is the largest Masonic Temple in the world with over 1,000 rooms and three theaters. It's hosted iconic acts including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and many more. It's also one one of our State-of-Michigan-certified Qualified Film Production Facilities and the only one in Detroit.

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with the Masonic Temple and their incredible theatres which continue to play an important role in Detroit’s live music scene," AEG Presents President Rick Mueller said in a release. "Our financial investment will enable us to restore some of the Temple’s most historic features and allow us to upgrade elements such as the sound and lighting systems to further improve the experience for our guests.”