Parkway Theatre Info Needed

posted by gkfilardo on August 1, 2006 at 4:59 am

Whatever happened to the Parkway Theatre of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the notorious screening of “Deep Throat” occurred? It was on 34th and Lisbon Avenue…. Gregory Filardo

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JimRankin on August 2, 2006 at 8:13 am

It is ironic that you ask about the very theatre from which you removed so much of the terra cotta ornamentation before demolition as shown by the article about it in the “Milwaukee Journal” of Dec. 28th, 1990. A photo there shows not only the boarded-up entry, but also you standing among the removed artifacts.

In an article in the same paper of the Spring of that year (given to me without date or page number), titled: “Boarded-up Buildings, Demolition work hits a brick wall because of shortfall, fears of blight” by Daniel E. Linhoffer, it is explained that the entire block containing the long-closed theatre was to be demolished per city order to reduce the then 900-some count of boarded-up buildings awaiting city demolition.

Aside from closing due to the prevalence of porn on video destroying its patronage, I do not know the legal reason that the property became the city’s, though non-payment of taxes due to abandoment is the likely cause. As far as I know, the last owner/operator of it was Don Bohatka, now owner/operator of Video Adventures store on Brady at Farwell.

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