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Former Detroit Masonic Temple Owners File For Bankruptcy [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: 11:00 p.m. -- The Detroit News said it erroneously stated that the owners of the Masonic Temple in Detroit had filed for bankruptcy. The Detroit Masonic Temple Theatre Co., which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, was a former management company hired by the owners, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Masonic Temple Association owns the building and is not undergoing bankruptcy.


Just weeks after receiving a $142,000 donation from Detroit-born rocker Jack White, the owners of the world's largest Masonic temple have filed for bankruptcy, according to the Detroit News.

The paper reports the Detroit Masonic Temple Theatre Company filed for bankruptcy on Sunday. They're also facing a lawsuit from an event production company alleging the owners owe them $81,000 in ticket revenue for a Nov. 23 show that brought Brian McKnight, Avant, Dave Hollister and Mint Condition to the Masonic.

It's been a tumultuous year for the owners of Detroit's Masonic Temple.

White's donation in June saved the soaring 1927 building from ending up on the auction block. Wayne County briefly took possession of the building in April after taxes remained unpaid, until the owners paid $10,000 and set up a payment plan for their debts. In recent years, it's been rumored that utility bills have gone unpaid.

They now owe as many as 49 creditors liabilities ranging between $100,000 and $500,000, according to the Detroit News.

But the temple's website lists several events still scheduled to take place through the end of 2013, including concerts by Adam Ant, Pretty Lights and Englebert Humperdink. It's also a popular local venue for weddings.

Have you scheduled an event at the Masonic Temple? Drop a line to the HuffPost Detroit editors.

Flickr photo by Matt Callow.

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