Movie Theater-Turned-Music Venue Opens in St. Michael

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Co-owner Greg Armstrong says Le Musique Room will offer shows of all genres, including country, jazz, classic rock, tribute acts, singer-songwriters, and more. // Photo courtesy Le Musique Room

What to do with a movie theater you no longer need?

Turn it into a music venue.

The new owners of the St. Michael Cinema, a 15-theater complex in St. Michael, Minnesota, have transformed one of the four theaters not being used into Le Musique Room. It features 194 seats, a Parisian design, and will host six to eight shows a month.

The complex has a full alcohol license and co-owners Greg Armstrong and Tom Pickard will also open a bar on the second floor. A portable bar will set up near Le Musique Room on show nights.

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Co-owner Tom Pickard has 30 years experience as a music engineer and got the idea to open Le Musique Room after driving by the defunct megaplex when it was closed during the Great Recession // Photo courtesy Le Musique Room

“I saw a gem in the location, and the beautiful building that houses the theater,” Pickard said in a press release. “It’s perfectly suited for our purposes. The room will give patrons the highest quality sound and visual experience only seen at major stadium shows, but in an intimate setting.”

The first show will be local country artist Chris Hawkey, on November 25, to promote BOB FM‘s Minnesota Country Salute Charity CD. (Open to the public via tickets won through the radio station.)

The first ticketed show will feature local singer-songwriter Martin Zellar, on December 3.

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