Garfield Theatre

2933 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive,
Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

In 1927 a Barton Theatre Pipe Organ, 3/11, manual/rank, keyboard/sets of pipes, was shipped 81 miles from the factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to this Theatre. Does anyone know what happened to the organ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

2933 is the address of the theater’s entrance, and 2947 is the address of the entrance to the Garfield Building’s second-floor offices. As the distance of addresses from their associated intersection varies even from block to block, nobody has any software that would pinpoint every address exactly. Fifty feet off is not a big deal, and the image can be easily adjusted to the right spot.

I’m far more annoyed by visitors to the page who update the Street View image without first adjusting it correctly than I am by Google being a short distance off from the exact spot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Actually, Google Maps puts 2933 N. MLK Drive about 50 feet south of the theater’s front door, as seen in Street View. That’s actually in front of the vacant lot between the theater and the MLK Library. As the text on the Street Views says, address is approximate.

rivest266 on October 11, 2010 at 6:46 am

Grand opening ad with picture is at
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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 23, 2006 at 12:10 pm

Slideshow containing partial narrated history:

It contains many interesting vintage and modern photographs.

JimRankin on January 27, 2006 at 4:15 am

Thank you for the update, Timothy. This implies that at least part of the seating still remains.

TimothyRuf on January 27, 2006 at 2:46 am

The building is now being operated by “The Greater Phidelphia Church of God in Christ”. They have put a new sign in place of the OIC-GM one. Workers were at the site for several weeks, I do not know what work was done to the building.

TimothyRuf on January 14, 2005 at 3:14 pm

You can view the The Perlman chandeliers here;

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There may also be some future opportunities for this building as OIC (The Opportunities Industrialization Center), current owners of the building are experiencing some great difficulties.

JimRankin on April 13, 2004 at 8:07 am

Please let me know if you learn anything more about this theatre. Thank You. Jim Rankin =