Our vision is to be the region’s dynamic, historic center for community enrichment that inspires public engagement, sparks economic vitality and reflects the community we serve.

Laser lights during Frauenthal concert

Shows & Special Events

We strive to bring a variety of new entertainment experiences to the region, accessible for everyone to enjoy. The historic Frauenthal Theater and intimate Beardsley Theater set the stage for the latest in music, drama, speaking engagements, and more. Our Reception Gallery showcases the talents of area artists with rotating exhibits.

Event Hosting

We offer dynamic spaces for public and private events including two theaters, the Ballroom, Reception Gallery, Frau Lounge, and conference rooms. Our event staff provides a professional, positive experience for event hosting, and we help coordinate rentals, catering, and beverage service to help ensure a warm welcome for guests and patrons.

Man dancing at reception in Ballroom
Frauenthal logo

Experience It All

The Frauenthal Center is Muskegon’s premier destination for vibrant entertainment, event hosting, and art exhibits. We have a rich history and honor that past through thoughtful use of space, careful restoration, and technology.

Our History

The Frauenthal Center, originally known as the Michigan Theater, was built in 1929 by Muskegon’s own movie mogul, Paul Shlossman.

Historic Michigan Theater exterior

The Frauenthal Center, originally known as the Michigan Theater, was built in 1929 by Muskegon’s own movie mogul, Paul Shlossman. His trademark camel-hair coat, the way his hat tipped over one eye, and his striking demeanor were all clues to Schlossman’s colorful life as a showman.

Between 1915 and 1917, the Schlossman Company contracted architect C. Howard Crane to design three of Muskegon’s great theaters – the Rialto, Majestic, and Reagent theaters. In 1920, Schlossman’s movie empire expanded when he was appointed secretary-treasurer of the Strand Amusement Company of Muskegon Heights. He ardently built the Strand Theater on Broadway in the Heights.

Along with Crane, Schlossman took a personal interest in the design of the Michigan Theater. Built as a theater for “100% all talking motion pictures,” the cost was a mere $690,000. The theater opened on September 16, 1930 receiving rave reviews from the community, as patrons were awed with its “extraordinary beauty and grace.” An advertisement in the Muskegon Chronicle proudly stated, “With the opening of the new Michigan Theater, Muskegon can boast the best in Michigan, outside of Detroit, and second to none in the United States for a town our size.”


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