Cameo Theatre

620 56th Street,
Kenosha, WI 53140

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 12, 2017 at 11:36 pm

The May 1, 1926, issue of Moving Picture World said that Saxe Enterprises was engaged in reconstruction of the Burke Theatre in Kenosha. The house had been destroyed the previous October, and the company had been waiting for the $26,000 insurance settlement to come through before rebuilding. The house was expected to reopen in June.

LouRugani on April 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm

The architect was G. H. Pridmore of 35 West Dearborn Street, Chicago.

LouRugani on February 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

(Film Daily, May 12, 1936) The CAMEO Theater, opened recently by Standard Theater Co., and operated for several weeks as a first-run, is again dark.

LouRugani on April 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

The theatre was the BURKE between 1914 and 1925 and was renamed the CAMEO after the 1925 fire, then closed again in 1928. In 1934 it reopened as the CAMEO, then after 1937 it seems to have periodically opened and closed as the CAMEO, CHIEF and KEN before finally closing in 1945.

LouRugani on October 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

(MOTION PICTURE, November 22, 1913) Kenosha, Wis.: Walter M. Burke and M. J. Isermann have invited bids for the purpose of building a theater, store and oilier building on Market square.

LouisRugani on April 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

(November 15, 1934)
Kenosha, Wis. – An enthusiastic movie fan, who is collecting pictures of his movie stars, may be interrupted by a jail sentence if police catch him. The manager of the Cameo theater reports that almost every morning after he puts up new pictures in the display cases in front of his theater someone takes some of the photos. He asked the police to help catch the thief.

LouisRugani on January 8, 2011 at 11:01 am

Mike, thank you for that great and most-welcome essay on Kenosha’s long-forgotten CHIEF Theatre. I’ve posted a current photo of the CHIEF (nee BURKE/CAMEO) in the Wisconsin Theatres discussion group .

mikechopragant on January 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

My essay on the some of the films shown in this cinema in 1941 has now been published and can be found at:
View link

LouisRugani on August 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

(August 11, 1921) Theater managers and owners of Kenosha held an important meeting on Tuesday evening in the offices of Dayton Brothers in the Dale Building and organised the Kenosha Theater Managers' association. Representatives of every theater in Kenosha were present at this meeting and became members of the new organization the purpose of which is to secure closer co-operation between the theaters on matters which require joint action. (Note: The Burke Theatre was next door to the Dale Building.)

LouisRugani on February 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Here is a spreadsheet with some early-1940s day-by-day bookings and other data at the then-CHIEF Theatre: View link

LouisRugani on February 8, 2009 at 4:26 am

Appleton Post Crescent, October 21, 1925: CHIEF HURT IN KENOSHA
Kenosha â€"</P)â€" Fire which broke out in the boiler room of the Burke
Theatre early Wednesday caused damages amounting to about $60,000. The building was completely gutted. In addition to the theatre a dozen offices above it were burned by the blaze. Chief John Schwartz was injured while fighting the fire when he fell down a rear stairway obscured by thick smoke.

mikechopragant on July 14, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Does anyone know where it might be possible to get hold of any old photos of this theatre, especially from the 1940s when it was known as The Chief? Also, if anyone has any contacts who worked at the theatre or even went there as audience members I woudl be very interested in getting in contact with them.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 15, 2008 at 7:59 am

Actually 3 different organs were installed in this theater. While it was named the Burke Theater a Bennett Pipe Organ, Opus 881, a 2 Manual/9 Rank was installed in 1921. Again under the Burke name a Barton Pipe Organ, 2 Manual/3 Rank was installed in 1925. While the theater was under the Cameo name another Barton Pipe Organ, 2 Manual was installed. The Barton Pipe Organs were made in Oshkosh Wisconsin. It is not known what happened to any of these organs! If you know anything about any of these organs, please email us!

“Gee Dad, it was a "BENNETT/BARTON!”