Harpos Concert Theatre

14238 Harper Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48213

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1939 Opening of Harper Theater in Detroit

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Opened December 2, 1939, for the Wisper-Wetsman Theaters circuit, the Harper Theatre was designed by Charles N. Agree in Art Moderne style.

The theatre was complete with an 80-foot vertical sign spelling out the theatre’s name (which could be seen for blocks up and down Harper Avenue).

The Harper Theatre cost about $290,000 to build, and was at the time one of the most modern-looking theatres to open in Detroit. It also featured murals in the lobby and auditorium by Thomas di Lorenzo.

It was converted into a nightclub in the 1970’s, and currently is home to Harpos Concert Theatre, the premier venue for heavy-metal and industrial rock bands in Detroit.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft
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