Wisconsin Theatre

235 W. Grand Avenue,
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

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Wisconsin Theatre

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The Wisconsin Theatre opened on February 2, 1939 with Eleanor Powell, Robert Young and George Burns in “Honolulu”. The original seating capacity was for 900 in its single screen, and the theatre was designed by local architect Donn Hougen.

It was owned by Mr & Mrs Eckart, who also operated two other theatres in Wisconsin Rapids, the Rapids Theatre and Palace Theatre. The Wisconsin Theatre was featured in the ‘Best Theatres’ edition of Motion Picture Herald on June 24, 1939.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, Paul Goss

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 6, 2007 at 4:30 pm

The Wisconsin was remodeled in 1939 to accommodate 900 patrons. It closed in 1984 and was demolished in the mid nineties.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 6, 2007 at 4:45 pm

This article is dated 9/15/60. If you’re only going to take $3, you might as well take some Raisinets at the same time:

Small Amount of Cash Stolen from Theater

Burglars entered the Wisconsin Theater, 235 W. Grand Avenue, some time after the second showing of Wednesday night’s movie, and took $3 in cash from the candy counter money drawer and an unidentified amount of change from a soft drink machine. Entry was made after a flat rock was inserted in the rear door lock mechanism, causing the door to remain unlocked when the theater was closed for the night, according to police.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Here is a May 1947 ad from the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune:
http://tinyurl.com/9x7zdh

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 2, 2009 at 3:49 pm

This theater was a twin in this 1984 photo.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 31, 2012 at 8:48 am

Described in this 1939 trade article: Boxoffice

Ron_Harris
Ron_Harris on January 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

From Paul Gross, former projectionist at the Wisconsin Theatre:

The Wisconsin opened February 2, 1939—not June.

The Wisconsin was built new—not remodeled.

Paul just had his 90th birthday and is working on a documentary movie to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Wisconsin Theatre.

Unfortunately, the site of the Wisconsin is now a park.

Ron Harris

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