The Howell Theatre is located at 315 East Grand River Avenue in Howell, Michigan. The theater first opened in 1928 and it's still open today! It appears that my grandfather Albert S. "Al" Johnson remodeled the theater in 1938. His collection of Kodachrome slides documenting the Johnson Construction Company theater jobs include a single image of the Howell taken in June 1948 (see below).
The theater is bracketed by a sandwich shop and a Kroger market to the left, and a bus station to the right. Its exterior is similar to other early Johnson theater projects. The marquee and vertical sign are consistent with a late 1930's style, and the front doors have full glass panes. The blackened area of brickwork on the second story, which at first glance appears to be smoke damage, can also be seen in a photo apparently taken in 1956 on the WaterWinterWonderland.com site, so it's not clear what caused this persistent discoloration.