Gilman Theater

230 W. Main Street,
Gilman, WI 54433

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 9, 2009 at 1:03 am

Here is part of a July 1999 article from the Milwaukee Journal:

When Ward Engelke left his job as a pastor dealing with troubled teens in Milwaukee and moved to northern Wisconsin to take a factory job, he thought he had put his preaching days behind him.

He also believed he had escaped many of the problems that he had witnessed on Milwaukee’s south side, where he helped bring spiritual guidance to gang members and others.

Engelke was wrong on both counts. He now is the pastor of a fledgling church in this Taylor County village of 412 people that is holding services in a renovated 53-year-old movie theater that he and his wife, Trish, purchased for $15,000. The movie house, opened in 1946, was closed in 1984 when a fire damaged the lobby.

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