Lincoln Theater

1104 W. Lincoln Avenue,
Milwaukee, WI 53215

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 5, 2013 at 6:04 am

Does anyone know what happened to that Golden Voiced Barton Theater Pipe Organ mentioned above?

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on October 7, 2010 at 8:15 am

The Lincoln was closed for many years before it reopened in 1966 showing adult films under the named “Lincoln Fine Art Theatre.” The vice squad closed them down that spring when they booked a nudist film. To my knowledge, it never reopened after that.

dottz2dottz
dottz2dottz on July 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

My great grandfather was one of the Kantak Brothers owners. His widow & my grandmother lived upstairs from theater, where I spent many happy days. My grandmother played organ there for the silent films. I was told the building housing the grain store originally sat on Lincoln between 12th & 13th, & was moved to present location, where the theater was added. Another daughter & her husband ran the theater from 1960. I don’t know when it was sold. I’m glad to see this page preserving it’s place in history. I loved spending time in that building. It was very unique. I would love to see it restored someday.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 22, 2007 at 7:06 pm

A Barton theater organ size 2/3 was installed in the Lincoln Theater in 1927.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 9, 2005 at 4:38 am

This photo of the Lincoln Theater is very similar to the one I posted back in January. Only this one is lighter and you can make out more detail. The date given for this photo is 1918. The movie playing is the Fatal Ring with Pearl White. Imdb dates this movie at 1917.

JimRankin
JimRankin on February 15, 2005 at 8:21 am

“Lostmemory” (who apparently has quite a good memory) is quite right: both views are of our odd little LINCOLN, and it is odd as DavidH brought out in a message to me, that of all the former theatres about town, this is the only one that retains its metal letters of the original name on the front, as shown in those views. The canopy marquee and vertical sign are gone, but the painted metal letters are still there to this day, but something tells me that the new Mexican ownership will remove them for something in Spanish when money becomes available in the current creeping conversion to a glass front store of some type. The new owner is a Chicago man since 2003, according to the tax assessors' records on-line.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2005 at 10:19 am

In the second photo, I believe that the movie playing is “Yankee Doodle Dandy” with James Cagney. That would date the photo as 1942. I also noticed that it says FOX on the marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2005 at 6:43 am

I found two photo’s of a Lincoln theater that claim to be the Lincoln theater in Milwaukee. Maybe Jim can verify these.
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DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on June 25, 2004 at 6:08 pm

My step-father’s first job in Milwaukee was tightening the floor screws of the seats to the floor. Twice each week he would tighten by hand the loose seats to the floor.
As a kid in the neighborhood in the 1940s, I remember that next to box office there was a mailslot where you could drop in the title of an old movie you would like to see. At that time they had a we-bring-back-the-big-ones policy. In the 40s the Lincoln closed often for periods of time and would reopen with a new policy.