Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts

826 N. Eighth Street,
Sheboygan, WI 53081

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SHEBOYGAN Theatre; Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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The opulent Sheboygan Theatre opened on February 28, 1928 and served as a 1,600 seat movie house for decades.

A restoration project was begun in 1996, four years after the theater closed, when the Sheboygan Theatre was purchased by the Sheboygan Community Theatre Foundation, Inc.

The restored Sheboygan Theatre is now known as the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.

The theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places as well as the State of Wisconsin Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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LouisRugani
LouisRugani on June 21, 2002 at 7:30 pm

The United Studios of Chicago designed the Sheboygan Theatre, and is the same firm that designed the Venetian Theatre in Racine and the Kenosha Theatre in Kenosha. The United Studios architects included Fred Jacobs, Ralph Beaudry and L. P. Larsen.

Gregg
Gregg on February 1, 2004 at 2:35 pm

Restoration photos for this theatre can be found at:
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weillcenter
weillcenter on November 26, 2004 at 5:59 am

Seating capacity is 1150, not 1550.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2005 at 3:46 am

Brief history and exterior/interior photos:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 16, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Here is a 1950 ad from the Shebogan Press:
http://tinyurl.com/298hh9

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on September 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm

“Sheboygan Theatre” Will Be Name Of New Amusement Place

Sheboygan’s new $600,000 palace of entertainment, now under construction at N. Eighth street and Niagara Avenue, will be called the “Sheboygan Theatre,” according to a definite announcement in
southern Wisconsin Press from the Milwaukee Theatre Circuit.
The community is looking forward eagerly to the time when this magnificent building will be completed.
A crew of seventy men is laboring long hours so that all work may be finished before April 1, 1928.
Pouring of concrete for the foundation footing has been completed and the erection of steel is now under way. The bricklayers will be ready to start within three weeks. Those who are familiar with the new Kenosha Theatre, which had its formal opening September 1, can visualize the beauty that brain and brawn will build into the Sheboygan Theatre. Said the Kenosha Evening News in its special theatre edition:
“Theatre lovers will be thrilled at the splendor and magnificence. It’s a far cry from the days when Spanish galleons were the pirates of the high seas and Pizzaro and Cortez conquered and plundered the fabulous riches of Mexico and South America, to this age in which men span the ocean in less than two days. Yet when patrons of the Kenosha Theatre look about them they will behold magnificence and dazzling opulence in an abundance undreamed of by those old Spanish conquerors."
Likewise, an advertisement of the United Studios, managers of the local construction project, appearing in the Exhibitors Herald, states that "the new $600,000 theatre at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, will
represent, when completed, all that modern thought can contribute to the motion picture theatre."
The new Sheboygan Theatre will have a seating capacity of 1,550. The main entrance will be on N. Eighth Street. The building will be of the atmospheric type, resembling an open air theatre.
There will be a 25-foot stage to permit vaudeville entertainment, as well as moving pictures produced by the Universal Pictures corporation under the famous Carl Laemmle, its guiding genius.

(September, 1927)

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on June 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm

(April 19, 1930)
Theatre Deal Goes In Effect At Midnight

Warner Brothers To Take Over Sheboygan Theatre And Other Theatres In Wisconsin

It was unofficially announced today that Warner Bros, one of the leading film companies in the United States, has taken over the Wisconsin branch of the Universal Theatrical Enterprises chain of theatres, and that the concern will assume ownership at 12 o'clock midnight tonight and will start operating these theatres Sunday.
Theatres included are the Sheboygan theatre, which was erected at a cost of $600,000 and which was opened to the public in 1928; Venetian theatre at Racine, Kenosha theatre at Kenosha, and all the Universal theatres in Milwaukee except the Alhambra. Among the Milwaukee theatres are the Lake, State, Downer, Juneau, Nation and Kosciuszko.
The deal, which has been in the course of consummation during the past week, involves millions of dollars in theatre values.
Manager K. G. Wood of the Sheboygan theatre today would not make official comment as to the completion of negotiations, but admitted that he was notified late Friday to take a complete inventory of his theatre, and to check meters at the close of business tonight.
The Sheboygan theatre is one of the most up to date in the state chain. It is equipped with the latest Western electric sound equipment, with new changes and installations made from time to time as improvements are made in the sound facilities. The theatre in Spanish atmospheric design has a seating capacity of 1,600.

jwballer
jwballer on November 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

The Sheboygan Theatre (now Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts) was constructed in 1928 for the Milwaukee Theatre Circuit of Universal Pictures Corporation at a cost of $600,000, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, it is an especially fine and intact example of the ‘atmospheric’ type movie theater developed in the 1920’s.

In 1996 the newly formed Sheboygan Community Theatre Foundation Inc., purchased the building for the purpose of preserving, restoring and overseeing the future operation of the historic theater.

The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior, and the State of Wisconsin Register of Historic Places by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, on December 22, 1999.

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