Unique Theatre

608-612 N. 8th Street,
Sheboygan, WI 53081

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Unique signage right of center, circa 1905 photo courtesy Robert Keppel‎.

The Unique Theatre was opened by 1905. It was in late-July and early-August 1905 that Groucho Marx made his third set of public perfomances as a member of the Eugene Leroy Trio. The Unique Theatre became a full time movie theatre in 1910, but had closed by 1914.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 19, 2017 at 7:45 am

“Why is it called unique?”

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on January 19, 2017 at 8:15 am

A number of Unique Theatres were associated with the Edison Unique Theatre circuit and would play, Edison-made films with Edison-centric equipment within their vaudeville shows.

Given its 1905 origin, it was very likely an Edison-heavy location but in their ads they just say they are showing “Unique-graph” films (see ad in photos). The films must have worked as the Unique turned all motion picture in 1910 according to the local paper.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 29, 2020 at 9:03 pm

1917 photo added courtesy Sheboygan County Historical Research Center. I believe the Unique Theatre is on the left. The Jung Store building down the street was located at 726 N. 8th Street, and matches with the buildings in the link. It is possible the SCHRC got the year wrong, since the Unique is reported as closed prior to that.

https://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2019/11/07/sheboygan-history-sheboygan-dry-goods-company/4168560002/

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