Big Sean is bringing a luxurious multiplex to Detroit. On Wednesday (Feb. 28), the rapper announced plans for a state-of-the-art theater, meant to inspire kids in the Motor City.
During a press conference, the hometown hero revealed that he is partnering with Troy’s Emagine Entertainment in order to bring this vision to life, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“Right now, as the city is in a complete renaissance, turning around and booming,” he said. “I think this is a perfect time to bring a theater to the city of Detroit.”
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There Literally is NOT ONE MOVIE THEATRE IN THE CITY OF DETROIT THAT PLAYS NEW MOVIES, ONLY IN THE SUBURBS!!! Yesterday we took 1,000 kids from a Detroit Public Schools and took them to see Black Panther as a field trip. I think it’s important they see super heroes of all shades and that look like most of them, and support it. I also took that time yesterday to announce I will be opening my own Movie Theatre in the City of Detroit (The Sean Anderson theatre by Emagine @emaginetheatres) because I wanted to show the city and Detroit Public Schools that a kid from DPS that’s the same color as most of them can be a owner and a CEO too and open big business in uncharted territory! This is huge for my city! I wanted to show them face to face that I am opening a theatre just like the one they are sitting in, so they can see Black people being strong and independent and powerful, on and off the screen. I wanted to truly explain how important this is, because the Press releases n sites weren’t understanding the importance of this theatre! THERE CURRENTLY IS NO MOVIE THEATRE IN THE DETROIT THAT PLAYS CURRENT MOVIES. Its overdue for change! MAJOR BOSS UP!
The team is currently scouting various locations for the 10-12 screen theater, which is set to open in 2020. It will be called the Sean Anderson Theatre and Sean hopes that it turns into much more than just an entertainment destination.
“We want to do something revolutionary with it,” he explained. “We don’t want to just make it a movie theater, traditionally. We also want it to be a hub for entertainment for the whole community. We want people to have an incentive to go the extra miles, to travel into Detroit.”
Sean’s giving doesn’t end there. After joining forces with Eminem on “No Favors,” the rhyming duo teamed up once again. This time, their foundations joined The Ford Fund, the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Free Press, Jemele Hill, and Rochelle Riley to help 900 kids see Black Panther in the D.
Sean was on-hand for a screening of the film at Emagine Royal Oak, where the press conference was also held. “I just think it’s important for…all kids to see black super heroes,” he said at the event. “That’s what they are. That’s something we rarely get to see. I’m not trying to make it a race thing. I’m keeping it real, though. It’s important to look up and see all colors of people being superheroes and I think Black Panther is extraordinary. It’s one of my favorite movies I’ve ever seen.”