405 E. Walworth Avenue,
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Architects: John Wolf
Previous Names: Delavan 1 & 2 Theatre
This was a charming Atmospheric style small-town theatre, at the east edge of the downtown business district on busy Wisconsin State Highway 11. The Delavan Theatre was opened in spring of 1929. Through the 1960’s it retained its original appearance, with its rectangular marquee and classic chaser-lighted vertical sign. It was twinned in 1968 and the stage house was demolished at that time. But by the 1970’s much of the lower façade was redone in the current simplistic style of that age, exterior ornament was removed, and its 1929 exterior charm was largely gone.
In 1999, newspapers reported that theatre operator Carmike Cinemas was sued by Standard Theatres of Brookfield, Wisconsin (which no longer operated theatres) for leaving the Delavan Theatre in unsatisfactory condition after vacating its tenancy.
After being listed on the real-estate market for some time, the Delavan Theatre was sold in about 2006 to the River Of Life Christian Church of Williams Bay, Wisconsin. They assembled some historic photos of the Delavan Theatre on its website, including construction photos and interior scenes. By early-2020, the church had vacated the building and moved on to 1220 S. Shore Drive.
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