Fillmore Detroit to close for renovations, lay off 180
The renovation includes restoration of the theater’s ceiling; staff will be able to return to work in the fall
The Fillmore Detroit music venue and theater will close for at least four months this year for renovations.
According to a letter from Live Nation to Mayor Mike Duggan’s office, the temporary closing will go into effect June 4 through “on or about October 2018.”
The letter, which was filed with the state of Michigan, says that 180 employees will be affected. This includes bartenders, guest service employees, stagehands and others.
The notice was sent per the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988, which requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days notice of mass layoffs. The letter states that “certain employees” may be able to transfer to another area of the company. All employees will be eligible for re-employment after renovations are complete.
Live Nation released a statement Monday evening confirming the news and explaining that the renovation would include the paint restoration of the ceiling of the main auditorium.
“The venue will be closed to the public this summer and will resume a full schedule in the fall with no impact to our full time staff,” read the statement.
The Fillmore, at 2115 Woodward in Detroit, has no events listed on its calendar between the Tech N9ne show on June 3 and the MC50 Kick Out the Jams 50th Anniversary show on Oct. 27.
The 2,200-capacity venue is owned by Live Nation and Forbes Management. It opened in 1925 as the State Theater and was rebranded as the Fillmore Detroit in 2007.