Oshkosh Theatre

427 N. Main Street,
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2013 at 1:26 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2012 at 9:42 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.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on August 10, 2011 at 2:18 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 19, 2010 at 10:50 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 22, 2007 at 9:21 pm

A Barton theater organ was installed in the Oshkosh Theater in 1926.

edwilke
edwilke on September 17, 2007 at 2:16 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).