Center Cinema Twins

192 S. Central Avenue,
Richland Center, WI 53581

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Center Cinema Twins

The Eskin Theatre opened as a single screen theatre in 1937 and had 500 seats. It was operated by Sarah Eskin, and in 1953 she opened the Highway 14 Drive-In in the Muscoda section of the town, (today operating as the Starlite 14 Drive-In).

It has since been twinned, and renamed Center Cinema Twins. Since 1988 it has been operated by Bill & Lisa Muth, who also operate the towns' Starlite 14 Drive-In. The Center Cinema Twins was converted to digital projection in February 2014, with the Starlite 14 Drive-In to follow shortly afterwards.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

They were plugging a Drive -in town too ? Sorta strange looks like E.T is playing there or at another theatre?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

thanks Trolleyguy.Isorta thought that was what was going on.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

The theater’s website indicates that they are now trying to raise money to purchase digital projection equipment.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on February 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

The owners have raised the money for the digital conversion at both the indoor and outdoor theaters. There is a video clip with this link: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ask/catching-up/catching-up-richland-center-movie-theaters-will-remain-open/article_ff001473-af58-5d46-bd76-ef27f4ad0dff.html

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

The history page of the Center’s web site says that Jacob and Sarah Eskin hired Boscobel, Wisconsin architect Joseph G. Durrant to design the Eskin Theatre. Durrant had earlier designed the Blaine Theatre at Boscobel and the Fort Theatre at Montfort, Wisconsin. The Eskin Theatre opened on March 4, 1937. Sarah Eskin received title to the Eskin and the Richland Theatre in a divorce settlement granted on March 29.

Keith
Keith on September 1, 2019 at 5:52 am

Both properties are for sale for 180 grand. Have to buy both.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on September 1, 2019 at 7:42 am

According to the website, it appears that the costs of digital conversion were too much for a small town operation to absorb. After closing on Sept 15, the closest movie house after the Center closes will be 26 miles away, and the closest multiplex a 47 mile drive. Given the severity of Wisconsin winters, a lot of streaming is going to be happening in the local homes.

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