Big Sean, Emagine team up for Detroit cinema and venue

February 28, 2018 GMT

Detroit rapper Big Sean and Emagine Entertainment are teaming up to open a movie theater in downtown Detroit.

Emagine founder and chairman Paul Glantz confirmed the plans to The Detroit News, and he projects it will open in 2020.

“The city of Detroit has reached a point where it’s revival can justify and will be well-suited by a first-class entertainment venue,” he said.

Glantz said a decision on the location is expected this year for the new cinema, which will be similar to other Emagine locations with luxury seating, bar service and expanded concessions. There won’t be a sit-down restaurant.

One big difference: the downtown Detroit Emagine theater will have a music venue. Not surprising, considering Big Sean is on board.

“That will be a really fun aspect,” said Glantz. “When you have the privilege of doing a joint venture with a powerhouse entertainer then, of course, you want to play to his strengths.”


The last major movie theater in downtown Detroit, the Ren Cen 4, closed in 2015 after decades of operation.

Currently the indie theater Cinema Detroit, at 4126 Third in Midtown, and the Bel Air Luxury Cinema, 10100 E. 8 Mile, are the only theaters showing newer, mainstream films within city limits.

Emagine Entertainment has 17 locations in the midwest including Royal Oak, Novi, Rochester Hills, Birmingham, Macomb, Canton, Saline and Birch Run, as well as theaters in Minnesota and Illinois.

Big Sean, 29, already made news this week by announcing he would be postponing his upcoming tour to “stay focused in the studio.” The Grammy-nominated artist and Cass Tech graduate scrapped his 31-date spring tour, including a June 2 date at Little Caesars Arena.

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