From corporate events to performances to weddings, let us help plan your big day! For more information on corporate, performance or wedding rentals, click the links on the left.

For a personal site visit or to request a quote, please contact:

Dewan Mitchell
Director of Booking and Events Management
313-237-3418
dmitchell@motopera.org

Jason Warzecha
Director of Theatre and Parking Center Operations
313-965-4314
jwarzecha@motopera.org

Corporate Events

Hold your large or small corporate event in the Grand Lobby, elevator lobbies, or in any of our other comfortable lounges. We have hosted video premieres, product reveals, and have even had automobiles on stage! Your employees and clients will love it.

An Ideal Location
The Detroit Opera House is one of the crown jewels of Downtown Detroit’s burgeoning Entertainment District, which is comprised of six restored theaters, Ford Field (professional football), Comerica Park (professional baseball) and three casinos.

Easy Parking
We have an 80-space valet lot immediately next to the theater and the new state-of-the-art Detroit Opera House Parking Center directly across the street, which can accommodate 700 vehicles.

For a personal site visit or to request a quote, please contact:

Dewan Mitchell
Director of Booking and Events Management
313-237-3418
dmitchell@motopera.org

Jason Warzecha
Director of Theatre and Parking Center Operations
313-965-4314
jwarzecha@motopera.org

Promoters

At the Detroit Opera House, your performance takes center stage. Flexibility, supreme services and an eager, attentive staff are some of the ingredients that ensure the success of your show.

Theatrical, Dance or Musical Presentations
The expansive Detroit Opera House stage is one of the largest and most technically advanced in North America. Our technical staff will ensure your event meets your expectations.

Large Theater Capacity
The main theater space holds 2,817 total.
Main Floor Balcony Boxes Pit seating (if utilized) adds 92 seats.

Large Stage Dimensions
The Detroit Opera House’s stage is the largest in Michigan at 110’ wide x 65’ deep (7,270 square feet).
The Proscenium is 30’ high x 53’ 4” wide and upstage bustle is 53’ wide x 38’ deep x 26’4” high.

An Ideal Location
The Detroit Opera House is one of the crown jewels of Downtown Detroit’s burgeoning Entertainment District, near to six restored theaters, Ford Field (professional football), Comerica Park (professional baseball) and three casinos.

Parking is Easy
We have an 80-space valet lot immediately next to the theater, and the new state-of-the-art Detroit Opera House Parking Center, directly across the street, which can accommodate 700 vehicles.

Restaurants & Hotels
The Detroit Opera House is within blocks of the Hilton Garden Inn, The Atheneum Suites, the Marriott Renaissance and the Courtyard by Marriott hotels. Several dozen restaurants, appealing to all tastes, are within blocks of the Detroit Opera House.

Ticketing
The Detroit Opera House is a Ticketmaster house. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 5:30PM and two hours prior to each performance.

Sound & Lighting Equipment
Information available upon request.

Plan Your Wedding

Your wedding takes center stage at the Detroit Opera House. Your wedding ceremony and reception can be held right on the main stage! Weddings can also be held in the Grand Lobby, elevator lobbies, or in any of our other comfortable lounges.

An Ideal Location
The Detroit Opera House is one of the crown jewels of Downtown Detroit’s burgeoning Entertainment District, near to six restored theaters, Ford Field (professional football), Comerica Park (professional baseball) and three casinos.

Parking is Easy
We have an 80-space valet lot immediately next to the theater, and the new state-of-the-art Detroit Opera House Parking Center, directly across the street, which can accommodate 700 vehicles.

Hotels
The Detroit Opera House is within blocks of the Hilton Garden Inn, The Atheneum Suites, the Marriott Renaissance and the Courtyard by Marriott hotels.

For a personal site visit or to request a quote, please contact:

Dewan Mitchell
Director of Booking and Events Management
313-237-3418
dmitchell@motopera.org

Jason Warzecha
Director of Theatre and Parking Center Operations
313-965-4314
jwarzecha@motopera.org

Technical Package

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Main Auditorium
Seating Capacity: 2,828
       Both pit lifts raised to House level
       Each pit lift has a potential for 46 seats
Main Floor: 1,348
Balcony: 1,217
Boxes: 171

Stage
110’ wide x 65’ deep (7,270 sq. ft.)
       See plan for details
Proscenium: 30’ high x 53’ 4” wide
Upstage Bustle: 53’ wide x 38’ deep x 26’ 4” high

Boll Hall Rehearsal Studio
66’ wide x 54’ deep

Rehearsal Studio Two
1,400 Square feet

General Motors Opera Café
58’ wide x 20’ deep

Grand Foyer and Box Level
Grand Foyer: 4000 sq. ft., including lobbies
Wasserman Promenade: 2,800 sq. ft.

Box Office
The Detroit Opera House is a Ticketmaster house. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 5:30PM and two hours prior to each performance.
Please contact Kim Mogielski at 313-237-3417 for specific information.

Access
Accessible seating is available in the orchestra and box levels of the theatre. Patrons requiring special assistance or seat removal should inform the Box Office prior to purchasing tickets. Please call the Assistant Box Office Manager, Kim Gray at 313-961-
3500 x3216 for special needs or further information.

Posters and Displays
Posters may be created for your event. There are four frames in the Grand Foyer. The two outer frames accept posters 43” by 67.50”. The two center frames accept posters 37.25” by 52.25”. Posters must be mounted on foam core and are held into place by the picture frames. Easels are available for rent. They are adjustable and accommodate most sizes. We traditionally use 24” by 36” posters.
Please note that posters, banners etc. MAY NOT BE HUNG FROM RAILINGS in the lobby areas.

Stage Labor
The Detroit Opera House operates under agreements with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Locals #38 and #786. All stage work connected with a production will be covered under the terms of that agreement. Stagehands will be used for all work on temporary platforms installed in the auditorium of the theatre as well as the stage. Lobby areas will utilize stagehand labor for all installation of theatrical, electrical or audiovisual equipment. Clients should contact the technical director with complete production requirements to facilitate a labor estimate well in advance of each event.

Policies
The facility is a non-smoking environment. The loading dock is available for cast and crew smokers.

Loading Dock
Dock is fenced on all sides with access gates for truck entry and auxiliary loading access. Two dock levelers will accommodate trucks higher or lower than standard dock height. An aluminum walk ramp (capacity: 1,000 lbs.) is available for drop frame trailers. The House does not provide forklifts. Total square footage for the dock is approximately 500 sq. ft. All material must travel down an incline into the theatre. This ramp drops 3’ over 22’ of travel. Two Johnson bars and various dollies are available to assist loading.

Truck Parking
The loading dock accommodates two 53’ trailers and attached tractors for short periods of time. When parking trucks on the street, it is recommended that drivers remain with the tractors. Long-term trailer accommodations can be made upon request.

Stage & Equipment
Stage Specifications
Floor: Tongue and groove maple with a dark stain on sleepers. May not be painted.
       Limited screwing and lagging allowed with approval.
Stage: 110’ wide x 65’ deep (7,270 sq. ft.)
       Irregular shape. See plans for actual shape and details.
       Two 8’ x 8’ traps
       Proscenium: 30’ high x 53’ 4” wide
       Upstage Bustle: 53’ wide x 38’ deep – concrete
       Stage Left Wing: 1,000 sq. ft. – concrete
       Stage Right Wing: 2,400 sq. ft. – concrete

Orchestra Pit: 1,650 sq. ft.
       Ample space for 95 musicians
       53’ wide and 32’ deep including the under stage space
       16 ft. of pit is under stage and not height adjustable.
       Lift comprises the downstage 16 ft. of the pit and is split into upstage and downstage lifts. Each
       lift may be stopped at any height in its travel.
       Maximum pit depth is 9’ 6” below stage level.

Rigging & Fly System
       Counterweight System: 87 line-sets (63’ long), plus one stage left and right tab set
       Line travel: 82 ft.
       Arbor capacity 1,900 lbs. including batten weight
       12 – sch. 40 truss battens. 63’ long
       75 – sch. 80 single pipe battens. 63’ long
       2 – lock rails SL. One at deck and one at pin rail (+40’ 5”)
       Six lift lines per set. Lines – 5’ 9”, 17’ 3” and 28’ 9” left and right of center.
       Contact the Technical Director for current Line Set Schedule.
       Additional hang points located down stage of plaster line. See attached drawing.

Gridiron
       85 ft. above stage level. Grid surface is structural steel grating
       Roof mounted loft blocks
       5’ 8” x 5’ 8” access doors through grating with a beam overhead for hoisting
       Stair access to sixth floor
       Mandatory 20 ft. ladder climb to working grid level

Additional Equipment Available For Rent
       Three CM Lodestar Chain motors (1/2 ton) running at 16 fpm
       Eight CM Lodestar Chain motors (1 ton)
       Skjonerg 8-channel motor controller
       Eight-chain motor cradles for spotting motors
       Cyclorama pipe available
       Contact the Technical Director for rental information.

House Curtain
       Burgundy velour with fringe
       Guillotine only. Center split for paging.
       Counterweight hand set operates from stage left, Stage Level.

Hemp Rigging
       Pin rails SL and SR at +40’5” from deck
       72 – 8” grid mounted loft block. Sized for 3/4” rope.
       10 – four line, 8” hemp head blocks. Sized for 3/4” rope.
       32 – single line hemp head blocks. Sized for 3/4” rope.
       32 – 8” rope spot blocks – matching well sheaves

Stage Draperies
All draperies, other than grand drape require additional rental fees.
       (1) Black scrim
       (1) White Scrim
       (1) White plastic rear projection screen
       (1) White bounce drop
       (1) Black Bobbinet

Black Velour
       6–11’ wide x 40’ high legs
       8–12’ wide x 40’ high legs
       6–12’ wide x 30’ high legs
       2–67’ wide x 15’ high borders
       2–65’ wide x 15’ high borders
       3–67’ wide x 12’ high borders
       1–65’ wide x 11’ high border
       1–67’ wide x 7’ high border
       1–70’ wide x 40’ high Black Out curtain
       1–approx. 60’ wide x 36’ high Black Out curtain

Storage Space
Storage of empty boxes and unused equipment can be accommodated. On larger shows it may be necessary to load empties back to the truck. Consult with the Technical Director to discuss individual needs.

Lighting
All lighting equipment other than basic power requires additional rental fees. Understand that while the DOH does have access to an inventory of lighting equipment, it does NOT maintain a repertory light plot. Using DOH lights for a performance may require the services of a Lighting Designer and a light hang.

Power
       Three 400A, 3ph Company switches USR
       Four 200A, 3ph utility switches, DL, DR, UL, UR
       One 200A, 3ph isolated ground switch for sound (can be used either SR or SL)

Control
ETC Obsession 600 version 2.42 is currently housed in the control booth at the rear of the main orchestra level. Remote focus unit outlet at stage level.

Dimming
192 ETC Sensor dimmers for the front of house and architectural dimming are located in climate-controlled room in the basement. Three additional 96 dimmer racks are located on the fourth floor stage right to service on-stage dimming needs. There is no permanent cabling to the on-stage dimmers. One 6 x 6K ETC rack available for big loads.

Instrument Inventory
       (2) ETC Source 4 Par wide
       (18) 5° ETC Source 4 ellipsoidal (Front-of-House)
       (48) 10° ETC Source 4 ellipsoidal (Front-of-House)
       (46) 19° ETC Source 4 ellipsoidal
       (208) 26° ETC Source 4 ellipsoidal
       (38) 36° ETC Source 4 ellipsoidal
       (13) 50° ETC Source 4 ellipsoidal
       (109) PAR 64 MFL 1K
       (12) PAR 16
       (12) 3” 150 W Fresnel
       (4) Strand Bambino 5K Fresnel
              #683 w/ 5830/3 lenses, with color scrolls
       (10) Far Cyc 1K 3 Cell (4’-6”)
       (16) LT T-3 Strips (7’-9”)
       (20) Mini-strips 3 Ckt, 75W (6’-0”)

Additional Lekos are dedicated FOH for curtain warmers

Cable and Accessories
       (2) Genie lifts
       (4) EFX Plus 2 units (Fire/Cloud/Water disks)
       (24) Source 4 Lens Tubes 36°
       (6) Source 4 Lens Tubes 50°
       Some top hats for ETC ellipsoidal
Miscellaneous Cable
       10 Boom Bases
       B size Template holders
       6 Ladders
       4 Rolling Booms
       Footlight hangers for mini-strips
       (11) 60’ black xetex fireproof borders

Followspots
       3 – Robert Juliat 4.5° Aramis followspots, 208v units. (6) color booms + frost

Sound & Video
FOH Console: DDA-CS3, 4 Buss, 6 Aux, 32 Channel (Analog)

Outboard
       (2) DbX 231 (2 Ch. 31 Band 1/3rd Octave EQ)
       (1) DbX 166 XL (2 Ch. Compressor/ Limitor)

Speakers
       (4) EAW JFX 590 (Mains)
       (4) EAW JFX 590 (Center Cluster)
       (2) EAW SB 180 ZR (Subs)
       (2) EAW JF80 (Under Balcony)

Snake
32 Channel, 8 Aux Whirlwind Snake: INSTALLED SR to FOH Mix.

Amplifiers
8 Channel, Crown Power Amps

Microphones
Wireless: (2) Sennhieser EW100 Handheld
Wired: Miscellaneous Sure Mics (SM57)

Playback
CD/DVD/Cassette Players as necessary

Power
200A isolated ground service at SL/SR. Service is 200A total for both panels.

Paging
A dressing room paging system is installed. Microphone is down stage right. An emergency paging system, covering the entire backstage and public space is also installed. It is also located from stage right and control booth.

Hearing Impaired System
A Williams hearing impaired system is installed for the auditorium. There are currently 25 headsets available.

Intercom/Communications
       Clearcom CS-210 Main Station 2 ch
       CS-100 Main Station
       501 Belt-Pack
       (7) Wired Headsets
       HME RW 800 Base Station
       (8) Wireless BH 800 Belt-Pack

Video
The Opera House has video equipment in-house to accomplish a number of specific tasks. A balcony rail mounted camera feeds the stage manager’s console and a number of backstage and lobby monitors with a show program feed. If needed, a camera mounted in the pit is focused on the conductor and the feed sent to monitors on the balcony rail, the stage manager’s console and roving monitors on stage.

Wardrobe
       725 sq. ft. wardrobe room at basement level with freight elevator access
       2 Washers, 2 Dryers Rolling wardrobe racks available upon request
       Dressing Rooms

Basement
Conductor’s dressing room 185 square feet with private washroom
Three Chorus dressing rooms 500 sq. ft. each: suitable for up to 12 performers each
Musician’s Lounge: 750 sq. ft.

Stage Level
Three Principal/Star dressing rooms with a washroom and shower in each: suitable for 1-2 performers each

Second Level
       Room 211: 175 sq. ft. with washroom attached: suitable for 3-5 performers
       Room 213: 120 sq. ft. with washroom attached: suitable for 3-5 performers
       Room 214: 145 sq. ft. with washroom attached: suitable for 3-5 performers

Third Level
       Unisex Chorus room with full men’s and women’s washrooms attached: suitable for 35-40
       performers
       NOTE: This dressing room has limited availability during Opera Season.
       Contact the Technical Director for specific information.

Orchestra/Musicians

Musicians
The Detroit Opera House operates under an agreement with the Detroit Federation of Musicians, local 5, AF of M. All auditorium events requiring local musicians must engage them and the terms of this agreement. Please contact the Technical Director for more information.

Orchestra Pit
       1,650 sq. ft.
       Ample space for 95 musicians
       53’ wide and 32’ deep including the under stage space
       16 ft. of pit is under stage and not height adjustable.
       Lift comprises the downstage 16 ft. of the pit and is split into upstage and downstage lifts. Each
       lift may be stopped at any height in its travel.
       Maximum pit depth is 9’ 6” below stage level.

Musician’s Lounge
       750 sq. ft.
       Washrooms are located down the hall and are shared with the Chorus dressing rooms.

Orchestra Chairs and Stands Available for Rent
       95 black padded Shelby Williams straight chairs
       7 Roc-n-Soc bass stools
       8 Plexiglas sound shields
       Manhasset music stands with lights

The Detroit Opera House Special Events Pricing Sheet

THE DETROIT OPERA HOUSE SPECIAL EVENTS PRICING SHEET

Please note that the prices below are estimates. To receive an exact quote, please contact Dewan Mitchell or Jason Warzecha at the numbers below.

Rental of Opera House Theatre and Lobby

$9,000

Rental of Opera House Theatre for Wedding & Corp. Event

$6,000

Rental of Opera House Theatre for Concert

$6,000

Rental of Opera House Theatre for Graduation

$5,600 (includes Rehearsal Day)

Rental of Opera House Grand Lobby

$3,500

Rental of Opera House Cadillac Café

$750 (rental fee waived with Bar Guarantee)

Rental of General Director’s Circle Lounge

$1,500

Rental of Allesee Lounge

$350

Rental of Lomason Lounge

$500

Rental of Opera House Rehearsal Studio RS1 “Boll Hall”

$3,000

Platform Rental, Extended Stage

$15,000

Rental of Daimler Chrysler Black Box

$1,000

Rental of Margo V. Cohen Center for Dance

$500

Rental of Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library

$350

Stagehands

IATSE Union Labor ($31/hr.)

Valet Parking and Lot Space Available

Contact Bob Neil at DOHPC: 313-965-4052

Facility Cleaning Fee                                                    

$500-$750 (depending on event) 

The following hourly rates, minimum hourly calls and payroll taxes apply.
Number of staff, type of staff, and hours will depend on the show or production. 

Department

                              Hourly Rate/ Minimum Hours

HVAC/Building Engineer

                              $57.00/ 4 hours

Facility Manager

                              $28.00/ 4 hours

Building Electrician

                              $35.00/ 4 hours

Maintenance, Setup & Tear Down Crew

                              $14.00/ 4 hours

Security

                              $17.00/ 4 hours

Medic

                              $27.00/ 4 hours

Cleaning Staff

                              $15.00/ 2 hours

House Manager

                              $150 / show

Ushers

                              $13.00/ 4 hours

Bar Set Up, for Reception

                              Client’s choice – cash bar, or several levels
                              of open bar service are available.

Wine for Dinner

                              Client’s choice – by the case, ordered
                              through the Detroit Opera House.

72” Round Table Rental, for Dinner

                              $8.00 / Table

Chair Rental, for Dinner

                              $4.00 / Chair

Dinner on Stage Capacity

                              350 Guests

Dinner on Stage Capacity with Platform Extension

                              650 Guests

Any additional needs or equipment will be quoted upon request.