Harbor Theatre

1937 Lakeshore Drive,
Muskegon, MI 49441

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Harbor Theatre

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Opened in 1921 as the Rivoli, the theater switched to talkies in 1929 and was renamed Our Theatre in 1931.

The theater did not receive its current name until 1965, when the Fonstein family purchased the theater. When the Dhuses family, the current owners of the theater, bought it in 1976, they retained the Harbor name.

In 1977, a fire broke out in the theater and the Harbor was gutted and closed. It reopened two years later and, in 1981, the cinema added an additional screen.

The Harbor Theatre closed in June, 2001 after 80 years of showing movies for the Lakeside neighborhood. Citing increased competition from the Plaza 1 & 2, a second run theater in nearby Norton Shores, the old movie house had been leaking money for months before closing. At the time of its closing, the theater was still charging just $1.50 for admission.

The Harbor Theatre reopened in March of 2008 showing a mix of first and second-run and classic films.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Tom
Tom on December 6, 2004 at 7:33 pm

The Harbor Theater is being reborn again. LA Visions investment group has done extensive renovations and will be reopening in December of this month. It will have a new look and new venue mixed with the some of the great oldies. For further information contact Patti Redeker, m
Marketing & Promotion Coordinator, at the Harbor Theater & Cafe – Coffee At The Lakes. The new web site is harbortheatrecafe.com

Tom O'Brien

speedway79
speedway79 on June 23, 2005 at 2:45 am

In the 40’s and 50’s The Harbor Theatre was known as the Our Theatre.
I was living in Muskegon Michigan then.

MichaelGolliver
MichaelGolliver on May 20, 2008 at 5:08 am

If you would like to see what is playing at “The Harbor Theater” in Muskegon you can do so at….

http://www.snooparoo.com/muskegon.html

or

http://www.theharbortheater.com/index.html

Eridony
Eridony on July 10, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Well I guess since this site is not allowing photo uploads right now I’ll just add a link to my photo of the theater. http://www.flickr.com/photos/eridony/2656318142/

I took the photo July fifth, the lighting is not the best but I like the photo because I was able to take it while several patrons were entering the theater.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on June 21, 2012 at 12:24 am

Status should be “closed.” Phone is disconnected as well.

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