Huron Theatre

1006 Military Street,
Port Huron, MI 48060

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 18, 2014 at 7:21 pm

This item from the April 5, 1919, issue of The Moving Picture World notes Herb Weil’s intention to build a large theater in Port Huron:

“Weil to Build $150,000 Theatre in Port Huron

“ONE of the most popular exhibitors in Michigan, among both exchange managers and exhibitors, is Herbert L. Weil, who now dominates the theatre situation in Port Huron, Mich., by controlling 100 per cent, of the houses there.

“About three years ago he got the ‘bug’ for theatricals, and his first venture was leasing the Majestic Theatre, which was then playing legitimate attractions exclusively. But it wasn’t long before he saw the big possibilities of pictures, so he changed the policy of the theatre and installed motion picture equipment, which was his start in the picture field.‘ His next step was leasing the Bijou. Later he took over the Maxine, then the Family, and just lately he took over the American, giving him 100 per cent, of the theatres in Port Huron. The Majestic seats 1,500; the Family, 800; the Maxine, 500; the Bijou, 500, and the American 500.

“Mr. Weil is now having plans prepared for a new motion picture theatre project that will cost $150,000.

“He does all of his own booking, being a weekly visitor to Detroit.”

I haven’t yet discovered what became of the Maxine, Bijou, and American Theatres.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm

The July 31, 1922, issue of The Film Daily reported that the finishing touches were being put on Herb Weil’s new theater at Port Huron and the house would soon open. Weil had entered the theater business in Port Huron in 1917, and by 1919 controlled all five of the town’s movie houses.

Weil was planning to build the new theater in 1919, but suffered setbacks that delayed its construction until 1922. When the Desmond opened he still controlled the Family Theatre, but the town’s leading theater, the Majestic, had come under the control of W. S. Butterfield in 1920.

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on December 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

The 1940 Mickey Rooney film “Young Tom Edison” had its world premiere at the Desmond. A photo of the event as well as what the Huron looks like today can be found at http://www.classcreator.com/Port-Huron-MI-1961/class_custom3.cfm

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Renovations described in this 1962 trade report: Boxoffice

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on July 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

The URL of the Huron Physical Arts Center is http://www.hpackids.com/

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on July 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

The former theater is now the Huron Physical Arts Center.

JacquesStrappe
JacquesStrappe on June 10, 2007 at 9:24 pm

In response to the above comment, if you find the term “tacky” derogatory, I apologize. That photo is mine, on my Flickr page, and was never intended to be posted as a link on a greater site such as Cinema Treasures. I feel that since said photograph is mine, I have every right to describe it with whatever commentary I wish. I have used far more extreme descriptors than “tacky” in my years with labeling theater photographs, and if you find such an adjective insulting, so be it. I was merely comparing the building today with historical photographs from WaterWinterWonderland.Com.

kookie
kookie on July 24, 2006 at 4:54 pm

I can’t really say that I appreciate the derogatory comment that was posted beneath the most recent picture of the Huron Theater. I wouldn’t use the word “tacky” when describing a newly renovated building that houses thousands of children, athletes, dancers, and satisfied parents whom all benefit from what the facility has to offer. I feel discovering, preserving, and protecting the lives of children is far more important than leaving an empty building for someone to condemn and tear down. At least this way the community can still reap the benefits of this fine establishment and its legacy will continue to positively affect the lives of those who appreciate what it has to offer.

teecee
teecee on August 29, 2005 at 1:12 pm

A Hillgreen-Lane organ, opus 644, was installed in the Desmond Theatre in 1922.