Shorewood Theatre

4329 N. Oakland Avenue,
Shorewood, WI 53211

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The Shorewood Theatre opened in 1927 and lasted until 1952 as a movie house. It was located on Oakland Avenue near Marion Street.

Any further information on the Shorewood Theatre would be appreciated…

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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atmos on December 3, 2004 at 1:51 am

The architect was George Zagel,a seating capacity of 1,136 and has been demolished but I don’t know when.

DavidHurlbutt on December 3, 2004 at 10:57 am

After the Shorewood closed it was used as an ice-skating school. The floor was leveled and an icerink was installed in the auditorium.
The Shorewood was on the west side of the street. I think the old Kohl’s grocery school was built on its site.

JimRankin on January 7, 2005 at 8:02 am

It should be noted that the SHOREWOOD is named after the northern suburb of Milw. it is in along the shore of Lake Michigan. Some 1940s photos of the facade reveal that the theatre had a 16-foot wide entry, 45 feet back from the curb line, with the island box office at the sidewalk line. Above it was a large, semicircular domed canopy rather than a true marquee, the only name sign being a simple double sided rectangle projecting from a multipaned double casement window and balconette on the second story of the two story building. The other seven bays of the facade were also of mottled brown brick with single equilateral arches, or terra cotta topped triple arches in the center bay of the commercial building. The second floor fenestration was double casement windows, with a mock mansard of Spanish tiles on hips above which was a parapet of rectangular grilles formed of white terra cotta squares set into matching rectangles set into the brown brick with matching white terra cotta coping above. In lieu of a marquee (apparently prohibited by this ritzy, leafy suburb at the time) were two large billboards of a demure design flanking the entry area at the sidewalk line, and evidently illuminated from above. The canopy had a single row of light bulbs about its lower edge and, no doubt, underneath, but no other display lighting is apparent. Nothing is known of the interior.

rivest266 on October 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

This opened on July 8th, 1927
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galateasca on July 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm

This photo, above, is my late grandmother’s apartment (ok, my husband’s grandmother, but mine too!) WOW!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 27, 2013 at 5:10 am




The location is about a mile North of the Milwaukee border, Edgewood Avenue.

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