Crystal Theatre

715-717 57th Street,
Kenosha, WI 53140

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CRYSTAL Theatre (I); Kenosha, Wisconsin.

This early and very short-lived nickelodeon opened at 2pm on Thursday, February 14, 1907 by Jones & Miller, who’d said in newspaper articles that they’d been seeking a location for their “electric theatre” downtown and were pleased to be moving into the Bullamore Building (still there in 2019). It appears that the ‘Crystal’ name was chosen after the opening. Some live performances were also held, but listings seem to have vanished within a month or two afterwards.

Contributed by Lou Rugani

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LouRugani on February 3, 2020 at 4:06 pm

Kenosha’s short-lived and forgotten first Crystal Theater was established by the Crystal Theater Company by Jones and Miller. The Kenosha Evening News reported on January 23, 1907 that the fireproof Bullamore Building at 260 Park Street (today’s 710 57th Streetand still there at this writing) had been leased for a new electric 5-cent theatre, and that it was to be ready over the next two weeks. On Saturday, February 23 of that year, the Kenosha Evening News published an announcement that the Crystal Theatre would have a complete change of program the next day with Baby Gladys to sing and dance and illustrated songs by Miss Lillie Jones and Mr. Jones. And on May 31, 1907, the newspaper published an advertisement for the Crystal Theatre inviting the public to its evening performances, adding “we are and intend to continue giving a clean up-to-date show, one that women and children may attend without fear.” But weeks later, in June, property owner H. L. Bullamore listed the building for rent. (Thanks to Al Westerman for his research on the 57th Street Crystal Theatre.)

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