Milwaukee Movie Theaters (Images of America Series)

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Prior to World War II, there were 90 single-screen movie theaters in Milwaukee. By 1960, that number had been reduced by half. With the arrival of television for the home market, the golden age of the movie theater in Milwaukee was dead. Yet their ghosts continue to haunt the old neighborhoods. Churches, warehouses, stores, nightspots, and other businesses now occupy the former Tivoli, Paris, Roosevelt, and Savoy Buildings. Others are simply vacant hulks, decaying from the inside out. The Elite, Regent, Lincoln, ...

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Overview

Prior to World War II, there were 90 single-screen movie theaters in Milwaukee. By 1960, that number had been reduced by half. With the arrival of television for the home market, the golden age of the movie theater in Milwaukee was dead. Yet their ghosts continue to haunt the old neighborhoods. Churches, warehouses, stores, nightspots, and other businesses now occupy the former Tivoli, Paris, Roosevelt, and Savoy Buildings. Others are simply vacant hulks, decaying from the inside out. The Elite, Regent, Lincoln, and Warner are but a few of the many silent sentinels from the days when Milwaukee was in love with the movies.

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For Milwaukee, the rise of television forever ended their golden age of movie theaters. Residents looked on helplessly as their city, once the home of 90 single-screen theaters, lost film house after film house. In this new Images of America entry, local historian Larry Widen (Entertainment in Early Milwaukee) visually charts the rise and fall of cinema venues in Milwaukee and shows how many of these historic centers have been converted to other public uses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738584454
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,368,049
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Widen is a historian and the author of Images of America: Entertainment in Early Milwaukee. He operates the historic Times and Rosebud cinemas near downtown Milwaukee.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Movies Come to Milwaukee 9

2 The First Picture Theaters 17

3 Downtown's Great White Way 25

4 The Neighborhood Theaters 53

5 Pioneers and Personalities 83

6 After World War II 105

7 Ghosts of Theaters Past 115

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Jaystar

    (I love The Princess Bride, and The Blind Side :D)
    Favorite Movie: Alpha and Omega Favorite Quote: "That's a moon I don't want to howl to." OR "If any of you wolves have hurt my daughter, I will personally RIP out your eyes and SHOVE, them down your throat, so you can see my claws, tear your CARCASS OPEN!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Mysticsong

    Um.....Super Eight. Fav character(s): Cary and Alice. Fav quote: Cary: "tell me one thing. What?".............2nd fav movie......Finding Nemo (childish i know). Fav character(s): Dorthy! Fav qoute: Dorthy: "this is my squishy and he will be my squishy. Ow! Bad squishy."..............3rd fav movie...............Pitch Perfect. Fav Character(s): Fat Amy. Fav qoute: um.....idk its super funny (really inappropriate though. Language....sexual comments.....e.t.c......u should probably be at least 12 to see it.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Diana

    Star Wars. Um..HAN SOLO:I think my eyes are getting better. Now instead of a big dark blur I see a big bright blur. LUKE SKYWALKER:Theres nothing to see. I used to live here, you know. HAN SOLO: Your going to die here, you know. My favorite part is the Ewok battle!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Suneyes

    Fav movie: transformers. Fav character: optimus prime. Fav scene: when they are in sam's backyard. Fav quote; Optimus: ironhide we dont harm humans. What is wrong with you? Ironhide: im just saying its option.. cant wait for #4

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