Appleton Theater

216 N. Oneida Street,
Appleton, WI 54911

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APPLETON Theatre; Appleton, Wisconsin.

Opened on February 10, 1902. In early-1922 the Grand Opera House was equipped with a Barton 2 manual 9 ranks organ. The theatre was remodeled in 1929 to the plans of architectural firm Dick & Bauer. The Appleton Theater was still open in December 1967. At that time, the theater was showing a double feature of “The Jungle Book” and “Charlie the Lonesome Cougar”.

This pairing must have been nationwide as I saw the same double feature in 1967 as a six year old in Atlantic City.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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edwilke on March 7, 2007 at 5:01 pm

The Appleton Theater was in the 1925 City Directory.

Appleton Theater
216 N. Oneida

Louis Lutz was the manager.

edwilke on April 11, 2007 at 11:25 am

The Appleton Opera House (later Appleton Theater) opened on February 10, 1902.

edwilke on October 8, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Here is another postcard with the Appleton Theater.

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kencmcintyre on September 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

The Appleton was remodeled in 1961. Here are some items from the 1/17/61 edition of the Appleton Post-Crescent:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 12, 2010 at 6:42 am

The Appleton Theatre, then a Marcus Amusement Corporation operation, was sold to First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Milwaukee in 1971. It was to be demolished to make room for 22 parking spaces, according to the item in Boxoffice of September 13 that year.

peggiecosner on March 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

This was an amazing theater! My Grandfather, Stanley Gross was Manager when they reopened after the remodel and before managing at the Appleton he managed at the Rio in Appleton.

slammy on September 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

The Appleton was a great theater. In 1970 I saw Woodstock there and the movie Joe starring Peter Boyle and Susan Sarandon.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2014 at 12:10 am

The Appleton Theatre underwent major remodeling in 1929. The December 24 issue of the Appleton Post-Crescent said that the renovated, one-time opera house, now operated by Brin Theatres, Inc., would reopen with a matinée on Christmas Day. The remodeling was designed by the Milwaukee architectural firm Dick & Bauer, theater specialists.

HeatherDonald on August 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm

Joe V., If Brin took over in 1929, this was probablynowned by Fisber-Paramount for a few years prior, correct?

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on July 17, 2018 at 8:21 pm

Moving Picture World March 11, 1922 page 216

“Appleton, Wis. Theatre Installs Barton Organ”

“F.W. Fisher who owns a string of theatres comprising the cites of LaSalle, Ill., Kewanee, Ill., and Madison, Wis., recently purchased the Grand Opera House building in Appleton, Wis. Dan Barton of Bartola Musical Instruments Co. has personally laid out an organ installation for him which promises to be one of the finest in the state. A large model Barton organ will be installed in the proscenium. The instrument will have a special instrumentation which will provide all orchestral effects.Mr. Fisher’s entire circuit of theatres is equipped with Barton Musical Instruments.”

The hyperbole is charming as the Barton organ installed here was 2 manuals, 9 ranks, very much a comfortable, modest organ as theatre organs went. And as with most theatre organs, it apparently went as soon as talkies came along.

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