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

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

The Harper cost about $290,000 to build, and was at the time one of the most modern-looking theaters 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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2006 at 11:36 am

This is another photo of Harpos Theater in Detroit.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2006 at 9:48 pm

Here is a recent 2006 photo of Harpos Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 28, 2007 at 6:30 pm

This is a 2007 photo of Harpos Theater and here is a close-up view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm

The Rains Came with Tyrone Power and Myrna Loy was released in September of 1939.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 27, 2008 at 11:37 pm

This website has more photos of the Harpos Concert Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Two more photos can be seen on this website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 9, 2009 at 2:47 am

Here are two 1982 photos:



Tinseltoes on September 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Single floor auditorium pictured in this 1940 trade ad: Boxoffice

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