Barrymore Theatre

2090 Atwood Avenue,
Madison, WI 53704

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Alford & Klein were going for a Spanish Renaissance, not Italian, style in the Eastwood Theatre. Several photos of the house illustrate this article from the April 5, 1930, issue of Motion Picture News.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Photo of the Organist and Console of the Kilgen Theater Pipe Organ Special, Opus 4420, 2/8, January 10, 1930. Anyone know the organist?

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Opened as the Eastwood, December 28, 1929, had a Balcony and 980 Seats. Kept that name till 1967.

1960-1967 owned by Madison 20th Century Theaters of Milwaukee, Wisc, Dean D. Fitzgerald, President. In 1967 they owned 7 theaters in Wisconsin, including the Eastwood.

Cinema, December 20, 1967-1987. Had a Grand Opening as a Roadshow Theater at 8 p.m., December 20,1967 with, THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING…, wonder if it was in 70mm, I’m sure it wasn’t in Dimension 150.

Started being called the Barrymore Theatre in 1987. Stopped showing movies in 1992?

Now a live theatre.

The Kilgen Organ Company of Chicago, about 160 miles from Madison, made about 190 Theater Pipe Organs. In 1930 they installed a Kilgen Theater Pipe Organ in the Eastwood Theatre. It was Opus 4420, a 2/8 manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, Special. Anyone know what happened to the organ?

Dan Barton’s Barton Organ Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, about 100 miles from Madison, made about 250 Theater Pipe Organs, making it the 5th largest builder of Theater Pipe Organs. Old records show they installed an organ in the Eastwood in 1923? Is it possible this old record is a mistake, or did the theatre end up not opening for 7 years or did it open, close and then reopen? What happened to this organ?

I never found anything about an Atwood Theatre?

More info and more photos are always welcome.

rivest266 on September 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm

December 20th, 1967 opening ad as Cinema can be found at View link

kencmcintyre on March 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Here is a June 1949 ad from the Wisconsin State Journal:

teecee on June 8, 2005 at 5:53 am

Regarding this theater’s timeline as a concert venue, Hot Tuna performed there on 3/14/90.

cdwags on May 25, 2005 at 8:38 pm

This theatre was called The Cinema in the 70s. It showed mostly Disney and family movies in the early 70s. In the late 70s it switched to porn and the theatre and neighborhood became run down. In recent years both theatre and neighborhood have been revived.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 18, 2004 at 2:55 pm

The architects of the Eastwood Theatre were Frederic J. Klein and H.C. Alford.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 18, 2004 at 2:49 pm

The Eastwood Theatre opened on 28th December 1929.

atmos on November 22, 2004 at 12:22 am

The style is listed as Italian Renaissance however it is an atmospheric theatre.There are some excellent photos at

madison on June 14, 2004 at 7:38 pm

This venue is also used by the Madison Rep. Theatre for some ‘fringe’ plays.