5th Avenue Theatre

118 N. 5th Avenue,
La Crosse, WI 54601

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The 5th Avenue Theatre was a single screen 600-seat movie theatre. It was opened prior to 1941 and was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary John Friedl. It continued until at least 1950.

It has been the home of the La Crosse Community Theatre since 1968. In 2013 the Community Theatre will move to a new home on the banks of the Mississippi River and the theatre on 5th Avenue will start a new, yet unwritten chapter.

Contributed by Tami J. Wolden

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davidheymuldoon on December 4, 2012 at 2:27 am

i saw “the wizard of oz” at the “fifth avenue” in 1951-2, attending an afternoon matinee with my mother, louise c. heintz. i was 4, and it was already an old movie, but my first viewing. back then, most movies were black and white. but mom got me excited by saying we would see a color film. when the titles and first scenes appeared in B&W, i was profoundly disappointed, and showed it. “shh! just wait!!”, was all she said. when dorothy landed in oz and walked out of her house into a colored landscape, i figured it all out!>>>after the theatre closed, i believe “the cavalier” next door operated a restaurant in the space for a while.

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