Big Picture

215 E. Washington Street,
Appleton, WI 54911

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rivest266
rivest266 on September 19, 2010 at 12:24 am

Similar large format cinema flops (built by private owners)
IMAX Les Ailes in the Montreal,QC suburb of Brossard (now a restaurant)
Ultrascreen in Ontario,CA

wimovies
wimovies on January 4, 2010 at 12:36 am

This building is currently being rented and used by a church group called “the core”.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 31, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Must not of had a very good business plan if they only stayed open a little over a year.

RainyDays
RainyDays on December 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Does anyone know if this building is still vacant?

wimovies
wimovies on April 21, 2008 at 2:52 am

I managed the Hollywood Cinema at the time this theatre was proposed/built. The people who were going to build it actually toured the Hollywood to take a look at our projector that we used for the ultrascreen. From the moment I talked to them, I knew their venture would fail. They knew nothing about operating a movie theatre. They were constructing a BRAND NEW facility, lots of $$$, it wasn’t in a good location-basically behind the downtown area, and they were going to show IMAX type movies only… Hmmm, even if you get every school in the area to bring a school group every month it could never possibly make enough money to pay off its debt. Patronage from the general public to see these type of films would not be great. In the end, unfortunately, I was right. The theatre couldn’t sustain itself for even a year. Its a shame, its a very nice facility. I can’t imagine what will ever come of it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 7, 2006 at 9:09 pm

I have an article from 1963 concerning the demolition of the Rio Theater in Appleton, built 1929. Any chance this is listed on the Wisconsin page under another name? If not, I will add it.