Oshkosh Theatre

427 N. Main Street,
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Oshkosh Theatre, Oshkosh, WI

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The Oshkosh Theatre was operating prior to 1941, when it had 1,405 seats. It was operated by Fox Badger Theatre Corp, a subsidiary of Fox Wisconsin Amusement Corp.

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edwilke
edwilke on September 17, 2007 at 12:16 pm

On the postcard linked above, on the other side of Main Street you can see the Hotel Raulf/Strand Theater (the tallest building on the postcard).

rivest266
rivest266 on September 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

This theatre opened on February 5th, 1927.
You can see the grand opening ad at http://en.calameo.com/books/00024792886c1b88cf364

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on August 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

In the book “Historic Movie Theatres of Wisconsin” (by Konrad Schiecke) the address for the Oshkosh Theatre is listed as 427 N. Main Street (on this page it is listed as 157 N. Main St.). This would put the theatre a few buildings away from the Time Theatre. This address is currently a True Value Hardware Store. I’ve uploaded a recent photo of this store.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Bruce is correct. Oshkosh renumbered the lots on many of its streets, including Main Street, in 1957. 157 N. Main was the Oshkosh Theatre’s old address. 427 N. Main is the modern address.

Volume 3 of a 1994 publication called History of the City of Oshkosh, by Clarence Jungwirth, has a chapter about the theaters in Oshkosh, and it says that the Oshkosh Theatre was on the site of an earlier house called the Orpheum. The text is a bit ambiguous, so I don’t know if the Oshkosh was entirely new construction or was an extensive remodeling of the Orpheum. There are photos of both theaters, the Orpheum on page 33 and the Oshkosh on page 37. A digital scan of the chapter can be seen online at this link, courtesy of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm

The Oshkosh Theatre is on a list of the works of the Milwaukee architectural firm of Dick & Bauer that was published in the October 25, 1930, issue of Exhibitors Herald-World.

LouRugani
LouRugani on August 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

(THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN, SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 5, 1927) “At 6:OO p.m. Oshkosh starts its triumphal celebration. On the hour the doors of this new palace of wonders swings open and this city takes its rightful place among the other cities of the world, theatrically. Your new theater is a credit to Oshkosh, a monument to civic growth, a mark of firm faith in your future. Come to the opening tonight! It will be an occasion of delightful memory that will live with you always. 2,000 seats assure comfort in surroundings of unmatched splendor. A program of highest entertainment value awaits you. Look — Unit No. 1 "The Voice of the Theater”, A Unique Screen Welcome & Unit No. 2, Overture “Bits of Hits” Introducing the Saxonians, Art Hastings, Directing. Unit No. 3, Stage and Screen Novella “The Blue Boy”, An Epic in Color Film With Guila Bustabo, Wonder Child Violinist. Unit No. 4, “Here, There and Everywhere” with the Saxe Cameraman. Unit No. 5, Jack McConnell."

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