West Bend Cinema Brewhaus

125 N. Main Street,
West Bend, WI 53095

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Here are views of the West Bend Theatre at the top of the page of this 1936 trade journal: boxofficemagazine

petensue
petensue on August 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Walked by the old Mermac Theater today with parents. The entrance now leads to several different rooms, but they haven’t done much with the place according to the guy that was sitting on the stoop outside. There’s a small alley way with a door on the south side of the building which my dad said led to the projection room. The price for the West Bend theatre is listed on the marquee outside and above the main doors!

petensue
petensue on August 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I talked to my mom and she said the Mermac used to be in the Washington Hotel building that is still on 6th street,but they must have renumbered the addresses. They used to call it the cowboy theater because they went there to see all the old cowboy movies! They redid the store front. The box office used to be right in front. My dad worked there as well as the West Bend Theater! It is now for sale for $198,000! Maybe lower!

Jason Fox
Jason Fox on June 5, 2011 at 12:43 am

According to the December 21, 1929 issue of Exhibitors Herald-World, the West Bend Theatre was designed by A.S. Graven, Inc.

BobSchermacher
BobSchermacher on February 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

After many years away, working in Corporate Video Production, I have returned to my birth state of WI (Plymouth) and am not far from the old West Bend Theater. I was projectionist there from 1978-81.

Can anyone post if they know the most recent state of affairs with the building. Was the Live Brewhaus venue successful? The link to Nova Cinemas is not working. Thank you.

LuvvsTheatre132
LuvvsTheatre132 on July 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Hello :)
I hace many things to say. First, I love live theatre, and second I am very interested in early cinema. I would love to salvage this theatre, and reconstruct it as a live-action theatre. Please join my cause “Save the West Bend Cinema” on facebook if you have it. Also, I live in West Bend and just today went to the address 224 N. 6th St. It doesn’t exitst! It goes straight from 220 to 228 :( I am in love with this page,a nd thank you all for all of the information and stories you all posted!

capturinglife
capturinglife on March 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I was born and raised in West Bend and grew up watching movies every single weekend at the West Bend Cinema. I moved away years ago, but driving through downtown WB today, I saw the for sale sign. If I had the proper finances, I would jump at the chance to own it. I truly hope someone tries to make it a viable theater again. I’d make the weekly drive to help do my part. :)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2010 at 8:03 am

Does anybody know what became of the Mermac Theatre at West Bend? Long operated by August Berkholtz, owner of the West Bend Theatre, it was a ca.1913 house, remodeled in 1938, and fitted with CinemaScope in 1954. After that it vanishes. here’s an article about the remodeling in Boxoffice of October 15, 1938.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

The West Bend Theatre opened November 16, 1929, to be exact (or so said Movie Age of December 7 that year.) Appropriately enough for a theater that ended up selling beer, the president of Community Theatres, Inc., the original owners, was named William Pabst.

wimovies
wimovies on January 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Now on loopnet for $250,000

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 23, 2008 at 12:30 am

Theater for sale $350,000

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 8:39 pm

The West Bend was operated by Wisconsin Amusements Corp. in the early sixties.

southernshells
southernshells on August 10, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Actually this theater was reopened in July 2007 and is currently known as the West Bend Cinema Brewhaus. It is currently showing foreign language films, independent films, first and second run movies. The movie times can be found at www.novacinemas.com Next week Casablanca will also be showing. All tickets are only $3.50 and beer and wine are served, you must be 18 to enter. Thanks

andynkeena
andynkeena on February 17, 2007 at 7:20 am

Whatever became of that nice man who took tickets back in the 80s. He was tall (to me then) and had dark hair, actually I think he was pretty bald.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 17, 2007 at 3:50 am

For sale for $595,000. Deed restriction will not permit use as a movie theatre. http://listing.loopnet.com/14998017

bloosoda
bloosoda on November 25, 2006 at 12:13 pm

Sadly, the West Bend closed on 11/22/06 after being in operation for 77 years.

BobSchermacher
BobSchermacher on September 9, 2005 at 2:13 pm

Greetings!

I was the projectionist at this theater from 1978 to 1981. At that time, there was a Cinema I downstairs, with a loud air-turbine platter system…and a Cinema II upstairs, which was an extension of the balcony with a Cinemascope screen. Upstairs had an electric motor platter system.

One of the idiosyncracies of the downstairs screen was that it was locked into being a 4 by 3 aspect ratio because of the old “live stage” screen, so any Scope movie was severely cropped by a custom cut aperature in the projector. I haven’t been there in a long time, but I can’t imagine the Cinema I space being divided up into 2 theaters, must feel cramped.

The managers of the theater then were Roland and Mary Meade. They were very kind to me and a dedicated couple serving many years there.

My name is Bob Schermacher and I can be reached at I have been working from 1988 to the present in Video Production in the state of Arkansas. I always dreamt of someday operating a family-themed theater in the same old baroque style like this one was. Thanks for this posting and web site!

andynkeena
andynkeena on December 8, 2004 at 1:11 pm

Where’s the listings for movies at the West Bend Theatre?

andynkeena
andynkeena on December 8, 2004 at 1:10 pm

I don’t get it. Where’s the listings for movies at the West Bend Theatre?