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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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm

2 images added courtesy of John Romanowski.

CMHurley
CMHurley on March 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Drove by Harpo’s today, Sunday March 20, 2016. The marquee was virtually empty and it does not appear to be open. Building looks to be in good shape, though.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on March 21, 2016 at 6:46 am

The website is advertising events at this venue for the next 2 months out.

CMHurley
CMHurley on March 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Well that’s good to hear. Just looked rather forlorn and empty when we drove by a week ago.

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