The Eastown Theater – famous in its last days as a rock and roll venue, an east side version of the Grande Ballroom on the west side. Bands like Alice Cooper, the Frost and the Stooges played here.

Classic Charlie Howard Crane design. [ BofD adds: The Eastown was actually designed by VJ Waier & Co. ]

The eastern portion of the building is still used as apartments.

Of course everybody knows the Harper Theatre – aka “HARPOS”.

Heres a strange little one waaaay up on the eastside, the Civic Theater. Its some kind of junk shop now.

8 Responses to EastSide Theaters

  • Nice. How abou tthe Irving on Fenkell? Last I heard it was a church. Its used to show pornos.

  • Yeah, to my knowledge it is a CHoward Crane design. Cant really put my hands of the info though.

    Jaques – check out this link

    http://detroityes.com/webisodes/2000/20ravisode/02-EastownLobby.htm

    Thats how it looked about 7 years ago.

  • I heard someone telling me once that the Eastown Theatre looks as good as new on the inside. Ah, the potential…

    Great site, I visit here all the time. Your close-ups of detail on the buildings are excellent.

  • Eastown not designed by Howard Crane? coulda fooled me….

  • Great pictures! I grew up by the Civic and used to actually go to the movies there. I’d been wondering for a long time if it was even there anymore. I also used to go to the East Town. The best night there was when I saw Canned Heat and Albert King opening for B.B. King.

  • I actually saw a film in the Civic Theatre…Return of the Jedi.
    It was rough then…I recall thinking that it looked like a lion had been let loose on the inside.
    Long time lurker to your site…I really enjoy your photogs and commentary !

  • Cool pics.

    The Eastown was actually designed by VJ Waier & Co.

    Interesting firm as I cannot find any other buildings deisnged by the firm, but the Eastown is stunning on the inside.

  • great pics as always, dfunk. i actually grew up about three blocks from harpo’s, on haverhill street.
    i also dig all the new features you have on here now! quite a nice little site you have going!