Berman Center for the Performing Arts
-- Lauren and Phillip FisherThe Berman Center for the Performing Arts (The Berman) is a 15,000 square-foot entertainment venue with permanent seating for 338, which can expand to accommodate up to 614 people utilizing adjacent multi-use space. While a number of Jewish Community Centers in the United States include theaters, The Berman is the largest and most technically advanced in the country. Contemporary yet elegantly appointed, The Berman is equipped with high-tech lighting and sound technology. It also features a special sound system for hearing impaired patrons, and has a sophisticated fly system that allows technical crews to easily and safely move lights, props and scenery. Additionally, there is a full backstage area with dressing rooms, a green room, offices and storage space. Of special historic note is the spectacular crystal chandelier gracing The Berman’s foyer … it once hung in Detroit’s upscale Bonwit Teller department store. A 40-year dream in the making, The Berman took only nine months to build.