Market Square 4 Cinemas

8600 Sheridan Road,
Kenosha, WI 53143

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LouRugani
LouRugani on March 23, 2016 at 8:51 pm

The building was opened as a Topps Department Store in the mid-1960s, which closed by the early 1970s. As part of several mini-mall proposals within, the MARKET SQUARE Cinemas led the way and opened in the late 1970s; the builder and first owner-operator was Frank Carmichael, Jr. of Kenosha – the architect was Charlie Rice of Racine, Wisconsin – and then the MARKET SQUARE was leased to Doug Porchetta of Milwaukee. The comfortable rocker seats were acquired from a closed theater in Michigan. In about 1990, two more smaller auditoria were added, totaling four in all. When the building was purchased by Kenosha County for office purposes, the cinemas still continued to operate for some years because of the unbreakable lease. When that lease expired, the county wanted the space, and the MARKET SQUARE Cinemas passed into fond local history.

mallman
mallman on July 31, 2008 at 10:48 pm

at my site www.storesfoever.blogspot.com i have a photo of the theater in the secetion on old market square mall

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 16, 2008 at 6:04 am

NAME SHOULD BE Market Square 4
STATUS Closed/Demolished
ZIP 53143

“I don’t sell tickets to movies. I sell tickets to theatres.” Marcus Loew

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 24, 2007 at 5:04 pm

It looks like the city offices are still in the north end of the mall, but the theater is gone, as Pete pointed out in 2002. Status should be closed/demolished.

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on November 10, 2004 at 11:24 am

For many years there was a small plywood sign made in the shape of an arrow with Market Square Theatres on it at the entrance to the parking lot on Sheridan Road. Did the theater have any other sign or marquee on the exterior of the building?

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on November 10, 2004 at 7:18 am

When did the Market Square open and when did it close? Was it ever a sigle screen venture?

GaryStella
GaryStella on November 10, 2004 at 1:13 am

The building was originally a Topps Department Store, sort of like a KMart. I think the theaters were added in the mid ‘70s.

petechristy
petechristy on August 19, 2002 at 12:53 pm

The Market Square Cinema is now closed and all of the old theater portion of the mall has been torn out, making it impossible for the theater to reopen again.