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Trolleyguy commented about Middleton Theatre on Jun 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

Status should be changed to Closed/Demolished.

This theater was located at 2111 Parmenter Street, Middleton WI. That site now has an apartment building located on it. According to a local historian, the theater closed sometime in the mid-80’s. It served as a 99 cent discount house at the end. She remembers it as being hot in the summer and cold in the winter, due to its metal construction.

After closing, the building was donated to a local church, whose members disassembled it and moved it away. Some of the seats went to the American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI.

Trolleyguy commented about Lena Opera House on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Here is an article about the theater owner and the “American Pickers” show.

The theater building is at the center of this picture.

Trolleyguy commented about Maywood Outdoor Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Kiddieland is now gone, closed last September. Very little remaining of the past in that area now except for the Maywood Park race track and Russell’s BBQ.

Trolleyguy commented about Blue Mouse Theatre on Feb 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm

When I was stationed at nearby Ft. Lewis in 1963-64, I used to go to this theater for the latest Ingmar Bergman films like “Winter Light” and “The Silence”. At that time, it was called the Proctor. Great little moviehouse, and a nice place to take a date as well.

Trolleyguy commented about Chief Theatre on Feb 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

Try Tattoo Creations at 221 N Rochester Street.
The tattoo parlor is in the former theater building.

Trolleyguy commented about Roxy Theatre on Feb 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

On Google Maps, it looks like it’s a church now.

Trolleyguy commented about Walter Reuther Central Auditorium on Feb 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

According to this website, it’s still a high school.

I attended a very large high school in Chicago that had a beautiful auditorium with a balcony and projection booth, and yes, movies were shown on occasion. I don’t think that qualifies it to be on CT any more than this one should be. The LaSalle Bank Cinema in Chicago showed movies every Saturday night in its bank auditorium. A cinema treasure? I think not.

Trolleyguy commented about Gopher Theatre on Feb 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Maybe it has the name because Minnesota is known far and wide as “The Gopher State.” Additionally, there are three other Gopher theaters in Minnesota listed on this website.

Trolleyguy commented about Patio Theatre on Feb 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

On the Chicagoland Watch List.

Along with the Uptown, New Regal, Gateway, and Central Park.

Trolleyguy commented about Patio Theatre on Feb 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Even a multi-use format will be up against serious competition for venues. The Copernicus Center/Gateway is just a short distance away and has a large stage and auditorium and off-street parking next door. The Portage is also in the local area, and has more off-street parking in the neighborhood compared to the Patio. Maybe a multi-screen setup would be helpful, utilizing space in adjacent buildings to create additional auditoriums, such as was done at the Pickwick in Park Ridge and the Lake in Oak Park. This way, the main auditorium with its beautiful ceiling and details could be spared.

Sure you be nice to see the Patio reopened, in any incarnation.

Trolleyguy commented about Don Gibson Theatre on Jan 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Here’s the website for the Don Gibson Theater.

Trolleyguy commented about Irongate Cinema on Dec 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

The correct name for the city is Hibbing.

Trolleyguy commented about Mineral Point Opera House on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:42 am

Here’s a recent article about the renovation with some pictures.

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Trolleyguy commented about Patio Theatre on Dec 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

No, it doesn’t have a balcony. Instead, it has several rows of seats that are arranged at the back of the auditorium in rising tiers, stadium-style.

These seats were roped-off for years and unavailable to patrons.

Trolleyguy commented about Park Theatre on Dec 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Well, that map is completely in error. Laramie Avenue is 5200 West, and Austin Blvd is 6000 West. Therefore, 5962 would be at Austin, not Laramie. Check a street guide if you have any questions about this.

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Trust me, I lived in the area for over 40 years.

Trolleyguy commented about Park Theatre on Dec 2, 2009 at 7:46 am

That picture from kenmc was taken at Lake and Austin, the end of the Lake streetcar line. That streetcar would be abandoned the following year. And that is the Park theater that I went to in my youth. So that 1953 picture is accurate for this particular theater.

The Lake Street L (Green Line currently) runs one block to the south on the same embankment that also carries Metra and Union Pacific trains. The L tracks move over from Lake street to the embankment at Laramie. Prior to this, the L trains descended a long ramp at Laramie to operate at street level to Harlem Ave in Forest Park.

Hope this helps.

Trolleyguy commented about Walter Reuther Central Auditorium on Nov 15, 2009 at 8:06 am

Sounds just like a high school auditorium rather than a theater. Was/is there a projection booth, for example?

Trolleyguy commented about Patio Theatre on Oct 5, 2009 at 11:49 am

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Trolleyguy commented about Patio Theatre on Oct 5, 2009 at 11:48 am

You had to walk up the ramp from the lobby between the stadium style seating areas at the rear. The bathrooms were in the basement, though.

Trolleyguy commented about Boulevard Cinema on Oct 5, 2009 at 11:09 am

Some pictures can be seen here:

Trolleyguy commented about Victor Theatre on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:22 am

The building at this address is a restaurant which shows no signs of ever being a theater.

Trolleyguy commented about Uptown Theater on Aug 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Status should be changed to closed/demolished. This theater has been completely gutted between the outside walls and converted to retail space on the first floor, with apartments above. Compare the picture below to the black and white one posted above and look at the buildings flanking the center one, which is the former Uptown Theater. The parapets and roof lines are relatively unchanged, as well as the window configuration.

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The address is 116-118 North Main St.

Trolleyguy commented about Eastgate Cinemas on Aug 26, 2009 at 8:11 am

Marcus Theaters have announced that they are looking at a different location for this theater complex in Sun Prairie, WI, about 2 miles northeast of the previous site announced.

The trend seems to be toward multi-venue entertainment destinations. This new proposal is similar to Marcus' Majestic recently opened in Brookfield, WI.


Trolleyguy commented about New Beverly Cinema on Aug 18, 2009 at 7:49 am

Quentin Tarantino was interviewed on a recent CBS Sunday Morning show, and he confirmed that he had indeed purchased this theater. He and the reporter did some shots outside under the marquee, then went inside to continue the interview in the auditorium.

Trolleyguy commented about Moviemax Cinemas on Aug 11, 2009 at 8:01 am

Status should be changed to open, Indian movies.

Here’s what it looks like now.

Very flashy and certainly more attractive than the plain exterior the theater used to have.