Time Community Theater

445 N. Main Street,
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Time Theatre, Oshkosh, WI

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Opened in 1911 as the Superba Theater, it was soon renamed Rex Theater, the theater closed in June 1939. One month later, the newly renovated Time Theater opened in July 1939. The front of the building was redone, air conditioning was installed, along with new sound equipment. At that time, the theater was owned by the General Theater Company of Oshkosh, an affiliate with Marcus-Virnoff Company. The first movie shown at the Time Theater was John Wayne in “Stagecoach”.

Since 2007, it has operated as the Time Community Theater, and has occasional use as a live theater.

Contributed by Ed Wilke

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edwilke
edwilke on October 6, 2007 at 10:25 am

The Time Theater was originally the Rex Theater.

The Rex opened in 1911 and closed in June 1939.

The Time Theater opened in July 1939. The front of the building was redone, air conditioning was installed, and new sound equipment was installed. The theater was owned by the General Theater Company of Oshkosh, an affiliate with Marcus-Virnoff Company. The first movie at the Time was Stagecoach.

edwilke
edwilke on October 9, 2007 at 5:36 pm

Here is a link to the Oshkosh Northwestern, with a photo of an event at the Time Theater on October 6, 20007.

View link

wimovies
wimovies on April 1, 2008 at 2:58 pm

This theatre operated as a 2nd run theatre in its final years. It was closed by the Marcus Corp in Oct, 1991. A local childrens theatre used the building for a few years, it has sat vacant for a long time. It lacks anything art deco, basically just a big box. The 2nd screen was located upstairs in the former balcony. As previously stated above, a group is looking to convert this space into a live show house.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 5, 2008 at 7:52 am

According to this link, the address is:

445 N Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
426.5550

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I like the Name.TIME.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on March 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Smoke damage was reported at the TIME on March 3, 1958, originating from a major electrical fire at adjacent stores. Six of Oshkosh’s seven fire companies were needed to save the theatre.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm

August 3rd, 1911 ad (as Rex) at View link

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on September 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

It’s original name was the SUPERBA Theatre and was still under that name until at least mid-June of 1911, according to local newspapersm and probably a bit later as well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

The Time Theatre was in part-time operation earlier this year, with events on Fridays and Saturdays, including some movies. The last event was held on October 20, and the Calender of Events on the theater’s web site currently shows only board meetings scheduled, but perhaps there will be more events next year.

The web site’s photo gallery has an album of historical photos, including several showing the Rex Theatre. There is also an album showing the renovation work, and three albums with photos from live events that have since been presented in the theater.

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