A movie theater in St. Michael, Minn. is being transformed into the newest music venue in the West Metro. Le Musique Room is built into one of the 15 theaters — theater 15 to be exact — of the St. Michael Cinema. The venue is promising incredible sound, lighting, and visuals along with Parisian design elements.
According to Greg Armstrong and Tom Pickard — the partners behind the music venue, in a press release — Le Musique Room plans to cater to a variety of music tastes, including “singer-songwriters, classic country, jazz, classic rock, new country, tribute acts, themed shows, big band music, and more.” Their hope is to feature both regional and national touring acts.
The pair were inspired to open a Le Musique Room when they realized that many people enjoy live music, but don’t want to have to go to bars to see it. When they drove past the defunct St. Michael Cinema, which shut its doors in 2008 due to the failing economy, they decided it would be the perfect place to open a music venue.
Armstrong and Pickard play in the retro cover band the Fabulous Armadillos, and they plan to please that band’s audience by booking “nostalgia-driven theme and genre shows” at Le Musique Room.
Le Musique Room’s first ticketed event features singer-songwriter Martin Zellar on Dec. 3. Minneapolis musician Keri Noble will take the stage on Dec. 12. The venue has the capacity to hold 250, though it currently has only 194 seats. The owners plan to host six to eight shows per month with ticket prices ranging from $20 to $40.
Emily Raffesberger is a freshman at the University of St. Thomas, studying music business.