Doty Theatre

302 North Commercial Street,
Neenah, WI 54956

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Doty Theatre

The Doty Theatre opened around 1912. The Doty Theatre is listed in the 1929 Film Daily Yearbook with 500 seats.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm

This page has a couple of photos of the Doty Theatre building after it had been converted into a tavern called the Doty Palm Garden. The text says this happened in the 1930s.

The building was built in 1912, and the Doty Theatre had an instrument called the Bartola, which was the predecessor of the Barton theater organ. The theater was in operation by June 26, 1912, the date on which, according to the January, 1913, issue of Insurance Engineering, the house suffered damage caused by movie film catching fire. No dollar figure was given for the loss, so it must have been minor.

By 1914, the Doty Theatre, operated by John H. Herziger, had competition in the form of the Idle Hour Theatre, operated by P. J. Droske. Both houses were mentioned in the January 3 issue of The Moving Picture World.

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