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I received the article printed in the Exhibitor’s Herald from Georgetown. The pictures in the article is the best I have seen of the inside of theatre. It was a great theatre. My next step is to somehow view the inside of the theatre in the upcoming months hopefully before the city decides to take possession of the property.
In your expert opinion, do you think the Venetian is worth saving? Better yet, is there a theatre you would like to see saved, here in Milwaukee (other than the Avalon)?
Currently I am a student at Marquette. We are going through the development process as it relates commercial property. Well, growing up in Sherman Park all my life I have always had an interest in the magnificent history of this great neighborhood. My parents told me about the Egyptian (what a lost), the Oasis and many others however, the Venetian somehow has missed the history books. I drive past it everyday and decided to use it as a project in class. However, there is not much in the way of documentation on the Venetian. The Wisconsin Historical society has several pictures of the outside and a picture of the front box office which is documented in the book Historical Theatres of Milwaukee. The City Records only has the seating layout. The Central library only has the book. I am contacting Georgetown University for the article Jim mentioned with a few pictures in the Exhibitor’s Herald. They are sending a copy of the article. I have also contacted the THSA and they will have a report on any other documentation out there. Peacock and Frank (the architects) have no documentation of there own however, on the University of Minnesota has a web site with a picture of the Venetian and others with work done from the American Terra Cotta Company. See below. I would love to see any pictures of the lobby and the actual theatre itself, before the 1980 renovation.
You have been really helpful. I went to Central Library and found the articles you talked about. I found the Real Estate article with just a sentence undernealth the picture in the Setinel. The advertisement for the grand opening was actually in the Journal both pictures were pretty ugly have printing them out. However, there was a book on Milwaukee theatres with two (2) descent pictures of the Venetian. The first on page 60 similar to the one posted here without the snow (Milwaukee I tell ya…) and another of the front with a young lady in the ticket both. I am checking the Georgetown University Library (Special Collections) for the Exhibitors Herald article. I have calls into Milwaukee Historical Society and plans to make it to their library this Saturday. I plan to visit the UWM collections soon and sent a letter to THSA requesting a report. I have also contacted the Wisconsin Architectural Archives. You have been really helpful.
Are there any photos available of the Venetian Theatre? Also is there anyway that I may contact Steve Faytis for more information on the theatre and his uncle?