Kenosha Theater

5913 6th Avenue,
Kenosha, WI 53143

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LouRugani
LouRugani on August 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

(From Boxoffice, October 29, 1938:) William Exton posted $10 to be given any man over 21 years who would remain two full days and one whole night in the lobby of the Kenosha Theatre in a coffin during the two-day engagement of “Frankenstein” and “Dracula”.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Hope something happens with this one. Seems like they were making progress six or seven years ago. It would be a shame if that was all for nothing.

LouRugani
LouRugani on March 7, 2012 at 1:43 am

Kenosha Theatre projectionist Elmer George Hayek, 84, of Springfield, Illinois and formerly of Kenosha, WI, passed away at 5:00 p.m., November 5, 2001 at his residence. He was born June 23, 1917 in Detroit, MI, the son of George and Mary Exton Hayek. He married Alice Louise Reis in Lake Geneva, WI on August 30, 1938 and she preceded him in death in 1995. He moved to Kenosha at age 16 to work for his uncle, William “Bill” Exton at the Roosevelt Theater. Later in life, he was a motion picture operator at the Kenosha, Orpheum, Roosevelt, Gateway, and Keno theaters. He then worked as a linotype operator and foreman of the composing room at Lloyd Hollister Printing and Pioneer Press in Wilmette, IL. Mr. Hayek lived in Kenosha from 1950 until 1999 when he moved to Springfield, IL. Mr. Hayek was a member of Bristol Oaks Country Club, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a volunteer for the Kenosha Memorial Hospital. He had also served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed playing golf and was devoted to his family. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and a brother: Albert. He is survived by a daughter: Susan (husband, Michael) Shaw of Springfield; a sister: Evelyn Willard of Mena, AR; a grandson: Scot Shaw of Cambridge, MA; and a nephew: George Hayek of El Dorado Hills, CA. Remains were cremated and Private Memorial Services will be observed at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 Clearlake Ave., Springfield, IL 62703. (The Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL.)

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on August 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm

A blog post on the Kenosha theatre is up at After the Final Curtain

MiltonSmith
MiltonSmith on May 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Also, I think the website for this theatre now is kenoshatheatre.org. Hard to say, kenoshatheatre.com doesn’t seem to connect to anything and the .org doesn’t look like its been updated in a very long time!

MiltonSmith
MiltonSmith on May 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

No, no updates in a long time. To restore this theatre would require a massive amount of time and money. More than any volunteer effort could possibly do. Still would love to see it happen, just don’t see HOW it could happen, unless someone has $25 million to spare.

jwballer
jwballer on February 10, 2011 at 3:03 am

Any renovation updates?

MiltonSmith
MiltonSmith on November 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Compare those recent photos with the photos from the Life Magazine, you see just how far gone that theatre is, sadly.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Many not-so-cool modern phtos here:

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Interesting, but I’m not sure what the angles it:

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Many cool Kenosha Theatre pictures at this link. Scroll through using thumbnails at right:

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LouisRugani
LouisRugani on August 6, 2010 at 11:16 pm

(May 17, 1937)
(May 14, 1937 – Oshkosh Daily Northwestern)
FORMER OSHKOSH THEATER MANAGER BEATEN BY THREE
Kenosha, Wis. â€" William Exton, theater manager, reported to Kenosha police today that three stranded actors, two women and a man, whom he was “giving a lift” to Chicago, beat him up and drove away with his car four miles south wf Waukegan. Chicago police found the car abandoned.
Exton reported that the trio had thrown him in a ditch. He hitched a ride back to Kenosha on a truck. (Mr. Exton. victim of the incident in the story from Kenosha, is a former Oshkosh man, having served as manager of the Strand theater about two and a half years ago.)

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on June 12, 2010 at 1:49 am

(April 19, 1930)
Theatre Deal Goes In Effect At Midnight

Warner Brothers To Take Over Sheboygan Theatre And Other Theatres In Wisconsin

It was unofficially announced today that Warner Bros, one of the leading film companies in the United States, has taken over the Wisconsin branch of the Universal Theatrical Enterprises chain of theatres, and that the concern will assume ownership at 12 o'clock midnight tonight and will start operating these theatres Sunday.
Theatres included are the Sheboygan theatre, which was erected at a cost of $600,000 and which was opened to the public in 1928; Venetian theatre at Racine, Kenosha theatre at Kenosha, and all the Universal theatres in Milwaukee except the Alhambra. Among the Milwaukee theatres are the Lake, State, Downer, Juneau, Nation and Kosciuszko.
The deal, which has been in the course of consummation during the past week, involves millions of dollars in theatre values.
Manager K. G. Wood of the Sheboygan theatre today would not make official comment as to the completion of negotiations, but admitted that he was notified late Friday to take a complete inventory of his theatre, and to check meters at the close of business tonight.
The Sheboygan theatre is one of the most up to date in the state chain. It is equipped with the latest Western electric sound equipment, with new changes and installations made from time to time as improvements are made in the sound facilities. The theatre in Spanish atmospheric design has a seating capacity of 1,600.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on April 21, 2010 at 12:59 am

Brothers Guilty at Kenosha, Says Jury
March 30, 1929 â€"(AP)â€"
David Dotz, 25, former Rookie policeman and his brother, Alex, 21,
former nightwatchman, were found guilty of being accessories to the
burglary of the Kenosha theater last December by a jury in circuit court here late Friday. The jury deliberated four and a half hours.
The two will not be sentenced until after the trials of Angelo
Tarello, accused of the robbery and James Martin, also accused of being involved in it. These are set for April 22. The penalty for the charge against the brothers is not less than 15 years nor no more than 40 years in the state penitentiary.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Article and recent photo. From this view it seems the worst of the damage is in the “sky”:

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LouisRugani
LouisRugani on January 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

That organ was later removed and installed within the basement of a home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

jwballer
jwballer on January 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm

A 3/8 Wurlitzer (SP3M) was installed in the theatre in 1927

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on October 8, 2009 at 12:31 am

(Sheboygan Press, December 19, 1928)
Watchman Confesses Kenosha Theatre Robbery Was Frame-Up
Kenosha, Wis.â€"(AP) â€" Police announced today that Alexander Dotz,
night watchman at the Kenosha theater which was robbed of $1,022 in cash had confessed that the robbery was a “frame-up” and implicated
four other men, all of whom were under arrest.

The confession also revealed, police said, that Dotz’s brother, a special policeman, had watched the robbery from the balcony of the theater, planning to trap the men, but instead lost his nerve and allowed them to get away.

James Martin, 40, proprietor of a roadhouse where Dotz’s confession
said the job was planned the day before it took place; Joe Tarrello,
20, and Victor Carbellin, 29, Racine, were under arrest here. The fifth man, Angelo Tarello, 35, was arrested by Chicago police. Tarello was held at the Chicago detective bureau after he refused to
waive extradition, Plans were being made here to request extradition papers at once. Police said Martin had $548.40 in his pockets when arrested just as he was getting his car preparing, they believed, to making a getaway.

Dotz' confession said he told his brother David, 26, about plans for the robbery in which, in addition to the $1,022, a total of $710 of theater ticket books were taken, at 2 p. m. Monday afternoon.
The robbery took place early on Tuesday. The men tied Dotz to a chair where he was found by his wife when she came down to clean up the theater at 5:45 a. m. Tuesday. Dotz in his confession to police said his brother watched the robbery from the balcony but did nothing to stop it. A few hours after the men left, his confession read, the brother came back to see how he was getting along. Tarrello, police believed, was the leader in the robbery. The four men held here were charged with being accessories. Police had not determined what action to take against Dotz’s policeman-brother who joined the force a few months ago as a member of the special police group hired to aid in curbing disorder here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 6, 2009 at 7:17 am

The December 13, 1952, issue of Boxoffice ran an article about the 25th anniversary of the Kenosha Theatre, mentioning a few highlights of its history. It said that, after two years of operation by Universal, the house had been leased to Warner Brothers in 1929 and then to Standard Theatres five years later. Standard bought the building in 1950.

The opening program on September 1, 1929, included vaudeville acts Bert Gordon, the Arnaut Brothers, and Nancy Gibbs with a company of ten performing an act called “Dear Little Rebel.” The first movie shown in the new house was a silent film called “The Irresistible Lover.” (Sound films came to the Kenosha in February, 1928.) Ted Stanford played the Wurlitzer organ and Karl Von Hoppe conducted the theater’s orchestra.

The theater presented many live acts over the years, including Veloz and Yolonda, Donald O'Connor, and The Three Stooges. Orchestras that performed at the Kenosha included Duke Ellington, Ray Noble, Lawrence Welk, and Bob Crosby. Singing groups appearing included the King Cole Trio and the Mills Brothers.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on August 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Here’s a 1927 postcard view of the KENOSHA Theatre looking to the southeast: View link

MiltonSmith
MiltonSmith on July 30, 2008 at 12:14 am

Good luck with that, is all I can say. Expecting the city to co-sign 24 million in bonds? I highly doubt the City of Kenosha would go for that at all.

Also, how would they plan to expand the bathroom stalls from 9 to 50?? Where on Earth would they find the real estate to do it without mangling up the original building? Tho, truth be told I’ve never been in it and perhaps there is some space that could be converted without altering the theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2008 at 3:50 am

Here is a recent photo of the Kenosha Theater.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 26, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Looks like a bond issue to finance the theatre was under discussion at some point recently.

MiltonSmith
MiltonSmith on September 13, 2007 at 6:53 am

Any news on what is currently going on with this theater? Not heard anything in quite a long time.