The new Studio Bar and Lounge at MJR Marketplace Theater in Sterling Heights, Michigan extends MJR’s customer services into the adult beverage market. This project was performed under a design-assist, construction management delivery in a collaborative, partnered approach between Roncelli, MJR, Paradigm Design Architects and the project’s interior designer RN Designs. All work was completed primarily during the theater’s non-operational hours over a seven week duration.
The bar occupies an area formerly occupied by a storage room and a game room adjacent to the theater’s entrance and concessions lobby. All work was performed after the 2:00 am closing of the theater and before morning matinee show times. Since the location of the bar was some forty feet away from the theater’s concession stand, syrup drink lines and water piping were fed to the bar around structural, electrical and mechanical construction in above ceiling chases. The below floor sanitary piping for the bar was connected to an existing sewer main in the center of the main lobby. The dramatic wood soffit above the bar area required a specially designed structural grid system to distribute the load of the soffit appropriately to the building’s structural system. The flooring is a seamless, solid vinyl that simulates wood planking. The bar’s wainscot features a mini-corrugated dimensional finish on prefinished metal paneling.
To provide clear visibility to the lounge from the theater’s lobby, a dedicated steel stairway from the lobby to the lobby mezzanine was re-located to the opposite side of the lobby.