The Historic Howell Theater has been a working theater for 87 years. 

 The Historic Howell Theater is a unique location for independent film, art, entertainment and community events.  Owner/Operator Tyler DePerro completed a major facelift including renovations, new decor and installation of new digital projectors, screens and surround sound in 2014.   He also added two stages and a cafe vibe in the lobby to host  community activities and create a venue to showcase regional artists. 

To maximize the value of this community asset we need your help and support.  You can give us your email here on the website to receive our movie schedule every two weeks. And if you want more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates on the theater and movies. We typically show three to five independent, classic, international, silent, family, local filmmaker and festival films per week.  Sponsoring a film has become very popular for individuals, groups and companies.  Please visit our Sponsor page for details.   And if you are looking for a unique atmosphere for a birthday party, meeting, community event or private film screening visit our rental page. We look forward to hearing your input as we grow with the community.  

We work with and support many non profit, educational and civic organizations in the Michigan area. Please contact us to discuss how we might work with your group.

Tyler DePerro, Owner & Operator


Tyler is originally from nearby Toledo, Ohio where he grew up making movies, drawing and taking photos. He has always had a passion for cinema and art. He graduated from Webster University in St. Louis where he majored in film production.  He has worked on many short and feature films, taught art classes and created political cartoons for a weekly newspaper.  He also spent time in  Los Angeles working in the art department on a feature film and in a special effects house. His art, photography and video work have won numerous awards.  He returned to St. Louis to work on The St. Louis Arts Fair where his commercial spot won gold for 'Best TV Promotion ad' at the International Festivals & Events Association awards. Later, he learned the theater business by helping out at The Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana and working on The Big Sky Film Festival. 


ARTWORK BY: TDEperro