Hiland Theatre

13843 Woodward Avenue,
Highland Park, MI 48203

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Highland Theatre

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The Highland Park opened in 1915, designed by B.C. Wetzell, who also designed several other Detroit-area theaters, like the DeLuxe and Arcade. It could seat 1,600 and may have originally been a vaudeville house before switching to movies sometime later.

In 1967, it was renamed the Paris Theatre, and began screening adult fare. Three years later, it received another new name, the Hiland Art Theatre. Wayne County prosecutors fought to have the Hiland shut down during the 1980’s, claiming it was being used as a front for prostitution.

The old theater is now in an advanced state of disrepair.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

pianoman on June 7, 2006 at 1:54 am

Sorry, don’t try to go there. I tried it and it doesn’t work.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 7, 2006 at 3:27 am

There is a modern and a vintage photo of the Hiland Theater at this website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 27, 2007 at 1:58 pm

According to that court document, this theater was known as the Hiland Art Theater in 1968.

kencmcintyre on February 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in September 1963:

The Hiland Theater in Highland Park, operated for years by William London and the Brooks Brothers, Leonard and Bernard, has closed.

RickB on September 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Detroit Funk has visited the neighborhood, which has visibly deteriorated since the Google car last went through. Eighth picture from the top shows some of the theater.

DonFoshey on November 15, 2011 at 8:43 am

The building seems to have undergone a serious fire. The roof is gone and the upper story is largely gutted, from what you can see from street level.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

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