911 16th Street,
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This little-remembered neighborhood theatre on Racine’s near-southside was operating by 1929. It kept its original look into the 1960’s though it had apparently closed in 1954. The titles of its final film program – "War Arrow" and "The Little Kidnappers" – remained poignantly posted on the original marquee for at least ten years thereafter, as though the owners had just walked away from it after that offering.
By the mid-1980’s the facade bore little trace of its original purpose and the building’s various stores and suites remained occupied until the entire block was cleared. Its history seems largely lost but I’m continuing to dig.
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