Harbor Theater

4195 W. Jefferson Avenue,
Ecorse, MI 48229

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Architects: Lavern R. Bennett, Eugene D. Straight

Firms: Bennett & Straight, Johnson Construction Co.

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Harbor Theater

The Harbor Theater dates back to 1948. It operated into the late-1980’s as an adult theater.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm

The October 30, 1948, issue of Boxoffice magazine ran an article about the opening of the Harbor Theatre. The formal opening was held on October 8. The owners of the new house were Andrew Bzovi and Thomas Pascu. Bzovi had been the operator of the older Ecorse Theatre for 28 years. Architects of the Harbor were the Dearborn firm Bennett & Straight. A photo and the description of the theater indicate that the style was Art Moderne.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 11, 2012 at 7:55 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!

graymatters on April 17, 2021 at 11:15 am

The Harbor Theatre stood at 4195 West Jefferson Avenue in Ecorse and was built by my grandfather A.S. “Al” Johnson in 1948.

I’ve uploaded the three 35 mm Kodachrome slide images that Al left us, all taken in September 1948. They show interior work being done prior to installing the theater seats. Free-hand painted murals in pastel colors can be seen on the walls. This type of interior decoration can be seen in several of my grandfather’s theaters.

Unfortunately Al didn’t leave us any 1948 slides showing the exterior of the Harbor Theatre.

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