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The Grand-Warner Theater – Milwaukee – some old footage plus new footage as of January 2010. Watch for new web site and facebook postings coming soon on this web site.
sdowns, Yes we talked with Marcus corp. on Jan. 5 and found out the situation for purchase (it is for sale). After some further talks we were able to get into the theater on Thur. Jan. 7 . We had only a two hour notice otherwise I would have posted here for anyone interested. We did a brief evaluation of the current condition with some rehab experts.
We have formed a 501-c-3 non-profit org. in order to purchase and preserve (like the Pabst Mansion or the Minneapolis Schubert Theater). We have some funding lined up already. Later, we will be announcing meetings for anyone interested in supporting this.
As of Dec. 12 there has been formed a business and arts consortium to investigate taking on the Warner-Grand Theater in Milwaukee. After prelim meetings with the Marcus Corp. There will be an open meeting for anyone with any interest in the Warner (even just verbal support)in order to form a public support non-profit guild (like the opera guild or the symphony guild). This meeting will happen either the first or second week of January 2010. If there is any interest of readers of this web site please reply here and the details will be forthcoming.
I have seen nothing in the last few weeks on this site about the current status of the Warner Theater (as of Dec. 12, 2009) – There is a meeting scheduled for early Jan. 2010 in Milwaukee involving a consortium of Performing arts entities and the Warner may well be the project they take on. If someone has some info please forward here and/or I will provide private email address for same. Time is running out. The organization will meet with Marcus as well.
Norman S. – m.heaton,org
Norman Schonteich representing the Myron Heaton Chorale and the Ellevine C. Heaton Institute. Making inquiry about the Warner/Grand theater. If there is an independent source of information about the current status of the theater please let me know. Also, a source for blueprints or floor plans. We have already been in touch with the Marcus Corp. We are looking for an “un-filtered” source of information. I would greatly appreciate any help you might be able to give.
N. Schonteich via MHEATON, Inc.
Part two of previous email: The Dome in Hollywood was not originally built for three projectors. They had to remodel to get that set-up. They also have a 35mm/70mm projection system in order to run other types of features. In this day and age there would probably need to be a multiplex attached to run other films to help bring the crowd in. However, there are a lot of Cinerama fans around the country – Each year for the last 8 years when there is a festival at the Dome the theater is full each performance to be able to watch that huge picture and fantastic sound system.
By the way, the Cooper’s (all three including the Indian Hills) had tjhelargest screens in the world. More square footage thatn Imax.
Since I have a set of blue prints to the Cooper Cinerama Theater in Minneapolis which is the same building as the Indian Hills I have been looking for interest in building this again. Now that the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood is doing cinerama festivals each fall and Seattle has done some in the recent years. maybe a group of interested people could get the funds to make this happen again.
I worked as an usher in the Minneapolis Cooper during the mid 60’s.
I would love to see this type of building raise again.
I have several pages of the original blueprints of the Cooper Theater. they came from the Library in Denver under the collection of the architect. Very Interesting, indeed.