Harlo Theatre

105 State Street,
St. Joseph, MI 49085

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The Cozy Theatre was opened August 1, 1934 with Janet Gaynor in “Paddty the Next Big Thing”. It was renamed Harlo Theatre on October 21, 1944. It was closed in 1952 and became a church in 1953. Demolished in the 1950’s. A printing company stood in its place in 1960 and the site is now a hotel parking lot.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 8:12 pm

A report of May 1960 in the St. Joseph Independent mentioned that a printing company on Dixie Street had taken the place of the Harlo, or Harlow as the case may be. I can’t tell you much more than that.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

A lawsuit was filed against various film distributors and theater chains by Don Harlo, operator of the Harlo Theatre at St. Joseph, Michigan, on February 5, 1953. The record of the suit indicates that Harlo began operating the theater on July 1, 1944. It doesn’t say if the theater was new at that time or was an existing theater that Mr. Harlo took over.

An early comment by James Dumdei on this Facebook post says that the Harlo Theatre was at 107 State Street. This location opens the possibility that the Harlo was a house previously called the Cozy Theatre, which was listed at 105 State Street in a 1940 Benton Harbor-St. Joseph directory.

The site of the Harlo Theatre is now part of the parking lot of a hotel.

dallasmovietheaters on February 9, 2018 at 9:37 pm

The Cozy Theatre launched August 1, 1934 with “Paddy the Next Big Thing” likely on a ten year lease. Don Harlo was next up relaunching as the Harlo Theatre on October 21, 1944 with “Cobra Woman.” The Harlo closed in 1952 becoming a place of worship for the Church of Christ in 1953.

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