Waukesha Civic Theatre

264 West Main Street,
Waukesha, WI 53186

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Built at the turn of the century, this 1900’s theatre became the Pix Theatre, showing movies in the 1920’s. It was Waukesha’s first second-run house, in addition to the first-run Avon Theatre and Park Theatre.

Designed by architect Albert Keymar in Art Moderne style, the Pix Theatre featured a facade of cream and green colored tile panels, with stainless steel highlights. A pylon tower with the theater’s name on it and a plain marquee also were part of the exterior’s design. Inside the theatre, the auditorium featured relatively little decoration.

The Pix Theatre was donated to Waukesha Civic Theatre by Bryce and Anne Styza and a capitol campaign began in 1998-1999 to raise funs to renovate, restore and add to the building, making it a performing arts venue. It became the home to the Waukesha Civic Theatre in 1999. A new major gift in 2006-2008 helped to raise funds for additional improvements to the building. Now restored to its original appearance, with accomodations made for modern, live performances.

The theater is listed on the State of Wisconsin’s Register of Historic Places.

Contributed by Bryan, John Cramer

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teecee
teecee on March 5, 2005 at 8:08 am

State Register listing:
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kjv7782
kjv7782 on September 17, 2008 at 8:02 am

I remember this theatre was a porn house in the mid 70’s, but I later saw ‘Pete’s Dragon’ here in ‘77/'78. I remember the first two Friday the 13ths playing in quick succession – maybe they re-released the first right before the second came out?

The ceiling of this theatre was stained and falling apart in the early-mid 80’s. It was pretty scary for kids to go there.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, November 1947:

WAUKESHA-“Forever Amber” has folded at the Pix Theater because of a lack of attendance at the $1.20 admission figure. The film had also been target of an attack by a Waukesha Catholic priest.

sdowns
sdowns on October 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

does anyone have any pictures of the inside of this theater (before it became the Waukesha Civic theatre) that they could post?

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