Towne Cinema

308 E. Main Street,
Watertown, WI 53094

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Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on October 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm

A recent story details the success of the Kickstarter campaign to purchase 2 digital projectors. The third one will have to wait for a while. Here’s the link: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/on-wisconsin-a-community-saves-the-towne/article_21990597-f411-5d31-a50c-95268348d15c.html

MPol
MPol on March 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I’m not a resident of the area, but I wish the residents of the town all the best of luck in raising the necessary funds so that the Towne Theatre can convert to digital projection and stay open. There’s a real dearth of independent, non-profit movie theatres here in the USA, generally, and the more of them that can stay open, the better off things will be.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on March 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

The local TV station in Madison today had a report about how the Towne was struggling to convert to digital projection. There were some shots in the projection booth of the platter system in operation.

miconcinemas
miconcinemas on February 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Theater is still up and running! @Trolleyguy https://www.facebook.com/TheTowneCinema Thanks! Management

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on February 24, 2012 at 12:22 am

Theater seems to be closed. Dropped from website and phone disconnected.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on May 5, 2011 at 3:32 am

The TOWNE CINEMA in downtown Watertown is reopening with a midnight showing of “Thor” on Friday, May 6th at 12:01 a.m. Doors will open Thursday at 11:30 p.m. The Towne Cinema will also be showing “Thor,” “Fast Five” and the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” throughout the following week.

The theatre has been closed since mid-December of last year when Steve Lind, the former lessee of the facilities, decided to terminate his lease. Lind and his family had leased the business since November of 2004.

The new operator of the theatre is David Glazer, who also owns and operates the ROSEBUD CINEMA DRAFTHOUSE (nee TOSA Theatre) in Wauwatosa and the TIMES CINEMA in Milwaukee.

The newly-refurbished cinema will play a mix of first-run films as well as special family matinees, classics, independent movies and midnight cult favorites.

revlillo
revlillo on January 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

I went to visit my folks for Thanksgiving this year and saw the latest Harry Potter movie there. I just got back from a Christmas visit with them and am sad to report that the Towne Cinema is closed — probably for good. I used to go to this theater all the time when I was a College student in Watertown in the mid 80’s.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on August 2, 2010 at 6:56 am

A Willis Norton opened the Classic Theatre, according to the local historical society.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 14, 2008 at 3:58 am

Here’s an interesting bit of advertising history touching on this theater. In the late 1920’s, the Kellogg company used Hal Roach’s “Our Gang” to promote its new cereal, Kellogg’s Pep. On this page there’s a letter sent from the Pathe Exchange to the Classic Theatre in Watertown, Wisconsin, “suggesting” to the theater’s operator a course of action by which the house could secure “…additional and earlier bookings on OUR GANG comedies….” The already somewhat overbearing tone of the letter was given a sinister note by the “SEES ALL – KNOWS ALL” watermark which appeared on Pathe’s stationery.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 16, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Here is a website for the Towne Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 16, 2007 at 1:08 am

This theater was also known as the Town Theater (no “e”) in the 1970s. Here is a photo of the Town Theater circa 1976. The current name is Towne with the “e”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 16, 2007 at 12:48 am

This is a 1950s photo of the Classic Theater and here is a 1960s postcard view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2007 at 3:47 am

A Kilgen theater organ opus 4034 size 2/3 style U08 was installed in the Classic Theater in 1928.