Looking Back: The Emsee Theatre

Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 1, 2018


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For most people, this is a picture of Cass Avenue, looking toward the old Macomb County building on Gratiot Avenue. For those who have been around a considerable amount of time, this is a picture of the Emsee Theatre.

What kid wouldn’t love a matinee with a double feature film, a newsreel, and maybe even a cartoon or two? All for 10 cents.

In the late 1940s and ’50s, the theater was housed in the Monitor-Leader building, later known as the Macomb Daily building. With 1,000 seats on the main floor and an additional 300 in the mezzanine, the movie house was a popular place for kids and adults alike.
—  Marie P. (Ling) McDougal, Harrison Township historian