Columbia Theatre

2220-2222 63rd Street,
Kenosha, WI 53140

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The Columbia was an early photoplay house from the World War I era, the only theatre ever to serve the Uptown Kenosha business district, and it never converted to sound films. It was a family-operated showplace with a then-typical arched entrance facade. Little is known of the Columbia and photographs are rare.

It seems to have closed when the production of silent films came to a halt, and it was converted to an upscale restaurant, the Ambrose Fine Foods. It was destroyed by fire in the very early 1960s and the property was leveled to create a parking lot for a nearby bank.

Contributed by Louis Rugani

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LouisRugani
LouisRugani on October 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

(Racine Journal, August 22, 1907)
Russel Armstrong of Grand Ave., will leave Saturday to begin an engagement next week at the Columbia theater in Kenosha.

LouRugani
LouRugani on December 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

The COLUMBIA Theatre in Kenosha noted here opened on Wednesday, November 26, 1913 and seated 500, according to local newspaper accounts. There may have been a short-lived storefront theatre known as the Columbia Theatre elsewhere in Kenosha before that date.

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