WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO NIGHTS?
We’re so glad you asked! This is by far the most common question we receive about Theatre Bizarre. Allow us to elucidate you.
Friday nights are our exclusive Formal Masquerade Gala with an audience limit of 500, instead of the normal 5000 attendees.This affords you an intimate, guided tour showcasing some of the years headlining talent and the more iconic acts of Theatre Bizarre without having to run through the event hoping to see the highlights.
Ticket includes Strolling Dinner, Open Bar, and Valet Parking, and there are several special performances that can only be seen at our Masquerade Gala. Along with Masquerade Gala exclusive entertainment, you’ll be granted an unprecedented experience as the number of performers throughout the night outweigh the number of guests – blurring the line between patron and performer and welcoming you to become a part of the show!
The Masquerade Gala schedule is as follows:
6:30 pm: Doors open
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Cocktail Reception in entrance lobby
8:00pm – 10:30pm: Strolling Dinner and performances begin in The Grand Hall
10:30pm – 11:30pm: Follow the procession as we rise up through the many levels of Theatre Bizarre
10:40pm – 2:00am: Entertainment begins in the Asylum and branches out throughout the halls and additional rooms, where pockets of mystery abound. Desserts and coffee will be served at the end of the night in the Odditorium with DJs and Dancing.
Saturday is our main event, as Theatre Bizarre inhabits 8 floors of the building encompassing 5 main stages, 19 performance spaces and countless areas for spontaneous theatrics. The event hosts hundreds of performers from all over the world, including more than 20 bands, world class burlesque, unfathomable circus sideshow acts, and so much more!
Ticket only includes entry to the event.
Event hours 6:30 pm – 4:00 am
HOW DO I DRESS FOR THE DIFFERENT NIGHTS?
Friday – The Masquerade Gala:
The Masquerade Gala is a costume-mandatory event. To ensure the quality of the event and a fully immersive experience to all of our patrons, dress attire and masks are required for all in attendance.
Attire: Formal or semi-formal attire is required – tuxedos or suits for men, and formal masquerade gowns or corset dresses for women. Guests may also wear wigs, hats, accessories, and makeup, but these should be thematically appropriate for a formal setting. (for example – powdered wigs for women and period-style hats for men.)
For thematic inspiration, think – Black Tie, Formal, Secret Society, Venetian Carnival, Aristocratic, Steampunk, Historical, Masquerade, Period-wear, Gothic dress, etc. If your outfit serves anything above, you’re appropriately dressed for the festivities. Variations on these themes is encouraged.
Masks: Masquerade masks can be small pieces that only cover the eyes to large masks that may include oversized noses, beaks, feathers, etc. We advise all patrons to choose a mask that does not cover your mouth, so that you can take full advantage of the food and drink available. All masks should adhere to the thematic examples listed above.
Be advised – jeans, sneakers, or T-shirts are not acceptable, nor is a Halloween Store polyester suit or gown. No character / novelty related masks will be allowed. You cannot substitute makeup for a mask.
(Note: Any cross-dressing is absolutely encouraged, but still must adhere to the dress code of the night.)
Saturday – Theatre Bizarre:
Saturday is an open costume event and the Masquerade Gala guidelines DO NOT apply.
However, Theatre Bizarre is still a costume-mandatory event. All of our attendees are as much a part of the atmosphere as our characters, and the magic of Theatre Bizarre is the originality and creativity shown around every corner of the temple. When arriving into Theatre Bizarre, both the environment and yourself are transformed. Take this opportunity to experiment and explore with who or what you are transformed into once you enter Zombo’s realm.
YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY, UNEQUIVOCALLY, 100% SERIOUSLY, BE REFUSED ENTRY OUTRIGHT WITH NO REFUND IF YOU SHOW UP WITH NO COSTUME.
THIS POLICY APPLIES TO ALL PATRONS, CREW, PERFORMERS, VENDORS, PRESS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND GUESTS. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. THEATRE BIZARRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST, STOLEN, OR DAMAGED ITEMS OR COSTUMES.
IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT?
Theatre Bizarre is a adult event with mature content and plenty of libations. Because of this, we require all attendees to be AT LEAST 21 years old, up to 1021 years old. A Valid Photo ID is required to enter. All attendees over 1021 will be dealt with on an individual basis.
IS IT SCARY?
Theatre Bizarre is a magical, decadent celebration of rich darkness. It is not a haunted house. No one will be jumping out at you, or screaming from behind you. We are an enormous immersive art installation and Halloween party. We are here to transport you – not startle you. Do be advised that there are acts that can be more intense than the average patron can handle. However, the beauty of Theatre Bizarre is that it’s not a guided maze, and you’re free to leave the room and find another if you don’t like what you see.
CAN I TAKE PICTURES?
Theatre Bizarre encourages event participants to take photographs, selfies, and/or nudes. We even provide a special SnapChat filter during the event. However, due to increased media exposure, we have noticed significant numbers of professional photographers blocking rows directly in front of the stages. To ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, we enforce the following guidelines:
~Hand-held point and shoot, self-contained photography equipment is allowed under all circumstances. (No SLR cameras)
~Absolutely NO flash photography. We find the use of flash not only results in flat, undesirable photos due to the nature of the event lighting, it is also highly unpleasant for other patrons as well as incredibly distracting and disruptive to our performers.
~Use of additional equipment (tripods, lights, detachable lenses etc.) requires an approved media pass. Building and event security will not permit you to enter the venue with this kind of equipment if you are not in possession of a valid media pass.
~The individual or party who requests the media pass is responsible for all equipment brought to the venue.
~No professional audio or video recording devices are allowed at anytime.
~ No selfie sticks!
CAN I SELL PHOTOS OR VIDEOS I TAKE AT THEATRE BIZARRE?
All film rights are reserved. Commercial use of photos, videos or audio tapes made at the event without written permission from the Theatre Bizarre LLC is strictly prohibited. Zombo will swiftly punish all those in violation.
WHAT CAN I BRING INSIDE THE VENUE?
~Small Bags, Single Compartment Backpacks, Fanny Packs, and Purses (Max. 12’’ x 12’’)
~Non‐Professional Still Cameras
~Packs of Cigarettes
~Empty plastic containers for water fill up
WELL THEN… WHAT CAN I NOT BRING INSIDE THE VENUE?
~Outside food or beverage
~Alcohol , drugs, or drug paraphernalia
~Glass bottles or metal cans
~Blankets, chairs, flags
~Fireworks, explosives, laser pointers, slingshots, flashlights
~Professional camera equipment (no cameras with detachable lenses or any SLR camera body), tripods, audio recording devices,
~Stickers, flyers, posters
~Pets (with the exception of service animals)
~Squirt bottles, soap bubbles, noise making devices (ie. horns, cowbells, whistles)
~Beach balls, frisbees, skateboards, skates
~Any other item deemed inappropriate by management
CAN I BRING A WEAPON ACCESSORY WITH MY COSTUME?
~All guns must be orange tipped and verified as toys by security before entry.
~NO AIRSOFT or ANY toy capable of firing a projectile are allowed in the event.
~Longbows are allowed as long as they are not strung, and any arrows with tips are not allowed.
~Swords, knives, dirks and daggers must be completely sheathed and peace-tied at all times.
~Baseball bats, axes, claymores, maces, pikes and halberds are NOT allowed in the venue.
~No drawing of any weapon at ANY TIME for ANY REASON.
~Whips must remain peace-tied in a manner that they cannot be unrolled.
CAN I LEAVE OR GO TO MY CAR AND COME BACK IN?
We enforce a strict “No Re-Entry” policy at Theatre Bizarre. Once you leave the building, you are exiting Zombo’s realm, and will no longer be permitted to come back in.
WILL THERE BE FOOD?
There will be food available for sale at the show with a range of dining choices. ATMs are available within the temple, but quickly form long lines, so make sure to have some cash on hand.
IS ALCOHOL PERMITTED?
You may NOT bring alcohol into the venue. Alcohol is readily available for purchase throughout the venue for your pleasure.
WILL MERCHANDISE BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?
Yes! Zombo’s Emporium houses all forms of official Theatre Bizarre merchandise, and you can also find photo-booths and other various sundries throughout the event.
IS THERE COAT CHECK AVAILABLE?
Absolutely. No one likes a cumbersome outfit. Coat Check is on the main lobby floor, and is available for $3 per coat
IS THERE FIRST-AID INSIDE?
Always. If you require first aid at any time, any one of our security staff will have our on site EMT or nurse assist you immediately.
WHAT IF I LOSE ANY BELONGINGS DURING THE EVENT?
All property is the owners responsibility, and Theatre Bizarre holds no guarantees that anything lost will be found. However, if it happens to be lost, and then found by a good-hearted soul, our Lost and Found is located in the main lobby at coat check
WHERE SHOULD I BOOK A ROOM?
We do offer a limited number of Zombo’s Repose Hotel & Ticket bundles available, but outside of that, there may be limited availability at some of the following hotels:
~MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
~MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226
~The Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
~Holiday Inn Express, 1020 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
~Doubletree by Hilton, 525 West Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
~Hilton Garden Inn, 351 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
~Greektown Casino Hotel, 555 East Lafayette Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
~The Atheneum, 1000 Brush Ave., Greektown, Detroit, MI 48226
WHAT ARE THE DISABILITY ACCESS AND ACCOMMODATIONS?
Most all of the venue is easily accessible by wheelchair. Please note, however, that the only handicapped entrance with a chair lift is on the rear of the building. Security will direct you and your party on how to gain entry so you can enjoy your night to the fullest.
I’M INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING. WHERE CAN I SIGN UP?
There are many who work countless hours before, during, and after Theatre Bizarre to create the magic and atmosphere you have come to love. All who would like to help may apply for consideration at http://theatrebizarre.org/volunteer-register/
DO I GET A FREE TICKET IF I VOLUNTEER?
The only volunteers that gain entry to the event are those that work during the event. Ticket sales are Theatre Bizarre’s primary source of revenue. There is no corporate sponsorship and Theatre Bizarre receives no revenue from bar sales, food sales or parking. Ticket sale dollars help pay for fixed costs of putting on the event, including equipment rentals, building materials, and entertainment. Please do not expect a free ticket for any volunteer work you do to help set up the event. Do not let that discourage you, though! We always welcome anyone to come and be a part of the magic, and many of our most dedicated minions are noticed by Zombo and go on to higher roles within his domain.
I HAVE A SPECIALIZED INTEREST OR SKILL I’D LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE (SUCH AS RIGGING, PYROTECHNICS, MEDICAL, LEGAL, CARPENTRY).
Please indicate any special interests or skills that you may have when filling out the Volunteer Application and we will try to connect you to the right person. If you have checked off a special skill, that information will be stored in our database and quite possibly used to contact you for other volunteer needs in the future.
HOW CAN I APPLY TO PERFORM AT THEATRE BIZARRE?
All performers from bands to sideshow acts must register and submit for consideration at http://theatrebizarre.org/performer-audition-form/