13843 Woodward Avenue,
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Architects: B. C. Wetzell
Previous Names: Highland Park Theatre, Paris Theatre, Hiland Art Theatre
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.
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