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The Fillmore to Close and Shed Employees for a Months-Long Restoration

The historic building is getting a paint job

The Fillmore in downtown Detroit
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Downtown concert venue The Fillmore (once known as the State) is set to close for 16 weeks to undergo a restoration process, and it will shed 180 part-time employees in the process.

The news comes via Crain’s Detroit, who noticed a legally required notice about the layoffs. The to-be-terminated employees work a mixed bag of roles, and include bartenders, stagehands, runners, and guest services staff. They’ll be out of their jobs as of June 4 (when the Fillmore closes), and when the theater reopens in October they will be invited to reapply for their jobs. Full-time staff are reportedly not affected.

The renovation work will include the first-ever repainting of the historic building’s ceiling; according to the Free Press, replacing the building’s marquee is also a possibility, although a decision hasn’t yet been made.