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I am not the person who placed this photo on the sight. I only wrote the information about the theatre. Someone else placed the photo here.
When this opened, it was new multiplex in the area in addition the the small UA Mall Cinemas. The main theatre was quite large with nice seating and a big screen. On each side were 4 smaller theatres.
This was indeed on North Barstow. It was located on the east side of the street between the Eau Claire River and the railroad tracks.
Back when this was a one screen theatre it was known as Cinema 1 for a period of time.
In the early 1960’s this theatre was remodeled. They added a waterfall in the lobby near one of the entrances to the auditorium. On the other side they added a fish pond/wishing well. A lounge area was in between with a classic 60’s TV. A curved screen was added with the hope of somday showing real cinerama films. None were ever shown here.
The main auditorium was torn down this year. They needed the space for a parking lot for the old hotel next door. My understanding is that the theatre lobby and entrance is still intact along Milwaukee Street. The two small theatres that are over the lobby may also be still there.
I remember going to Saturday kid’s matinees at this theatre. They always had cartoons, a serial and a movie. Before the show they would have contests in the front of the theatre in which you could win prizes. After it closed as a theatre, the floor was leveled and it was a youth recreation center for a short period. Later it was used for a small boat show. I remember attending it and seeing the brightly lit auditorium with hardly remnants of a movie theatre except for the small balcony which was still intact with theatre seats.
The Stardusk was the first in northwest Wisconsin and originally had a 60 foot screen with parking for 600 cars.
The Hollywood opened on Easter Sunday in 1947.
This theatre reopened in the 60’s after being used for storage for many years. The premiere movie was The Sound of Music and it played there for over a year. If has not been split into two theatres.
Gene Grengs owned this theatre. The main theatre was split into two theatres and the balcony had been made into a third during a remodel in the 70’s or 80’s.
This was at one timethe the Jeffris Theatre. In the 1980’s a fire destroyed the overhanging marquee canopy and much of the lobby. The theatre was then divided into two theatres and opened as the Ormson Theatres. Eventually one of the two theatres were divided again and two more theatres were added upstairs over the lobby. Theatre was then named Park Place Cinemas