Park Theatre

717 N. Grand Avenue,
Waukesha, WI 53186

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Park Theatre

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The Park Theatre opened in December 1920, originally part of the Saxe chain. It was located on Grand Avenue near Wisconsin Avenue, across from Cutler Park, which it was named for.

In the late-1970’s, the aging theater was purchased along with the Pix Theatre on Main Street by a new owner who operated the theaters for about a decade before their upkeep became too cost-prohibative. The Park Theatre was shuttered in 1987.

About a year later, the Park Theatre was gutted by a blaze caused by arsonists. The ruined theater was later demolished and its owner sold the property for new development in the early-1990’s.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

kjv7782 on September 17, 2008 at 6:57 pm

I saw ‘The Dark Crystal’ at this theatre in 1982. It was in a great location just across the street from the Public Library. I remember a small department store next door as well.

sdowns on October 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm

does anyone have any pictures of the inside of this theater that they could post?

rex on February 10, 2010 at 1:01 am

I worked at the Park Theater in 1969 and 1970. The manager was a great guy, John Lauer, and I shared box office duties with a nice girl, Jan Loew. I remember there was a flower shop to the right of the theater. I have wonderful memories of that time in my life and I feel very sad that the theater was destroyed by arsonists.

craiga on April 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I have very distinct childhood memorys of the park theatre growing up in the 70’s. I remember between movies they would play music. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue was one of the songs. I always think of the park when I hear that. I also remember the clock over the Exit on the left side of the screen. It was a glow in the dark Art deco clock that advertised “waukesha taxi”. I always wanted that clock. I think the decor was light blueish/green. I was sad when it burnt down.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

A story in the May 2, 1947, issue of the Waukesha Daily Freeman said that the Park Theatre opened in December, 1920. An earlier house of the same name was in operation prior to 1912 at a location on Broadway. It had closed by 1917.

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