Harpos Concert Theatre
14238 Harper Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Wisper-Wetsman Theaters
Architects: Charles N. Agree
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Harper Theatre
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.
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