There were no Hollywood klieg lights, no long parade of celebrities, no crush of paparazzi.

But it was a movie premiere with meaning — and lots of hometown heart — Monday night as Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” at last made its Detroit premiere, ahead of its nationwide release in April.

Hundreds packed the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre for the occasion, most of them guests of the Franklin family, for a glimpse at the critically acclaimed, long-in-the-works gospel concert film.

“If they’ve never been to church, they’ll go to church,” said the late singer’s son Kecalf Franklin. “Watching the movie, it’s easy to forget it was made in Southern California. I felt like it was in Detroit. That’s how close to home it is.”