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Big Sean and Emagine partnering on new metro area entertainment evenue

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Detroit rapper Big Sean and Emagine Entertainment, Inc. have entered into a joint venture agreement to develop a the Sean Anderson Theatre, powered by Emagine, a luxury movie theatre with an intimate live entertainment venue featuring a stage for musical performances.

The venue feature 10-12 screens with up to 1,300 seats, the biggest auditorium seating approximately 300 and doubling as the music venue. , Big Sean (nee Anderson) and Emagine are currently scouting prospective sites in Detroit with the goal of opening by early 2020.

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The announcement came on Wednesday, Feb. 28, after Big Sean made a surprise appearance at a screening of the film “Black Panther” hosted for youth by his Sean Anderson Foundation.

Big Sean said in a statement that, “There is no major movie theater in the city of Detroit – this makes no sense to me. I feel that it is necessary to build a theater in the city, not only because of the joy and inspiration movies will bring to people’s lives, but I hope this theater will become a hub of creativity – a place for intimate concerts, lectures, meetings, etc. Through my foundation, the Sean Anderson Foundation, I hope we can establish internships for students and perhaps, some kind of training for students to explore technical and business careers in the entertainment industry. I am a big fan of Emagine and the way they run their theatres, so I could not think of a better partner to do this with.”

Paul Glantz, Chairman of Emagine Entertainment, added, “We are excited to be partnering with Sean on this ambitious project. The Detroit market is underserved today and we intend to address that opportunity via our joint venture. In combining the strength of a local entertainment powerhouse, Big Sean, with the operating prowess of Emagine, the current void will be filled in a glorious fashion. Working with a talent like Sean is a great thrill for us. His vision for this entertainment center is fresh and innovative and it will be a great addition to the resurgence of the city of Detroit. We look forward to making future announcements as our plans progress.” Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment added, “It’s been such a pleasure to work on this project with Sean and his mother, Myra, for the past six months. I am excited for this partnership and look forward to our new entertainment event complex in Detroit.”

Big Sean recently postponed his planned concert tour, including a June 2 show at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, in order to continue recording new material,

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