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Ford Theatre

107 N. Milwaukee Street,
Waterford, WI 53185-4309

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Ford Theatre, Waterford, WI

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Opened in 1948, the former Ford Theatre was closed as an adult theatre on December 1, 1985 with “The Maxi” & “Lucious Lolita”. It is now home to a heating business. The marquee is still in place.

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LouisRugani
LouisRugani on June 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

(RACINE JOURNAL TIMES, Monday, January 3, 1958)
Blaze Drives Patrons Into Cold; Theater Lobby Damage Set at $1,000

WATERFORDâ€" Patrons of the Ford Theater in Waterford were chased out into the cold Sunday night when the popcorn machine in the movie house caught fire. The Waterford Fire Department put out the blaze which caused an estimated $1,000 smoke and fire damage to the machine and plaster in the lobby. The patrons, undaunted, trooped back into the theater to see the rest of the film after waiting outside for 20 minutes. Firemen said the fire was caused by a short circuit in the machine.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on June 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

(RACINE JOURNAL-TIMES, May 20, 1948)
The foundation for the new Ford Theater, being built for Gust Jahrike (?) and son, is nearing completion.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

June 28, 1949: Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Jahnke were given a farewell party at Fox Isle Saturday evening. The Jahnkes recently sold the Ford Theater to Joe Baisch of Milwaukee and will leave next month for the west.

historypunk
historypunk on July 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I was a Projectionist at The Ford, 1969-1971

LouRugani
LouRugani on January 28, 2018 at 10:18 pm

Racine Journal Times, January 6, 1971 – Waterford Lions Club Will Operate Theater …. WATERFORD — A desire to establish a good family entertainment center was the motivation behind the Waterford Lions Club decision to purchase the community’s Ford Theatre, Harold Robinson, spokesman for the club said. “The community deserves a place where the entire family can go to see a movie without embarrassment,” he said. The purchase was completed in November, when the agreement was signed by the club and the Morbak Corp. of Waterford, former owners of the property. The theater was closed for two weeks before the Lions Club purchased it. The theater has been leased to Lawrence Heebsh of Waterford, who has connections with a film booking agency which specializes predominantly in family movies, Robinson said. Movies are shown now on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and Heebsh has plans to add Sunday matinees to the program beginning about Jan. 17, Robinson added. The building also will be used as a meeting place by the Waterford Leos Club, a young people’s group affiliated with the Lions Club, he added. The building is being renovated with this purpose in mind, he said.

LouRugani
LouRugani on January 28, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Racine Journal Times, March 13, 1948: Gust Jahnke and son of Wauwatosa have purchased a tract of land in Abor (?) subdivision near the Shell filling station. They plan to erect a theater.

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