Puerto Rico Theatre

2917 N. Holton Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Grand Theater, Holton Street, Milwaukee

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The Grand Theatre, located on Holton Street between E. Locust Street and E. Chambers Street, originally opened in 1911.

It was given an Atmospheric style remodel in 1927. Called the Puerto Rico Theatre in its later years, the theatre was closed in 1975. The former theatre became home to a church, who had moved out by 2015.

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Patsy on August 15, 2010 at 10:29 am

Chuck: Pleased to read that the tassle collection went to THSA.

mts61073 on April 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

This photo is from 1957 and includes the Grand Theatre’s Marquee https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/551403_4787670693294_130984069_n.jpg

mts61073 on April 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

If you are having trouble viewing this photo, highlight the entire address then right click and hit “open link in new window”

mts61073 on April 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Thank you Chuck, I was unsure how to create a link. Hope you liked the photo. It was from a slide collection of Mr. Backes who owned the food store next to the drug store. His daughter Terri shared this photo with our River West Face Book group.

d0nut on March 26, 2015 at 7:44 pm

The former Grand is currently a closed/abandoned that is listed for sale. I went through it on March 23rd 2015 and shot the pictures in the attached Facebook album.


mts61073 on March 26, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Great pics Sean thanks so much for sharing. I shared them with my RiverWest group for all to enjoy. If anyone has pics of this theatre from the sixties please share.

CarlS on May 28, 2015 at 12:52 pm

This theater was the subject of the following blog post, which includes additional interior images. http://milwaukeenotebook.com/2015/04/24/grand-theater/

DavidZornig on May 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm

Article about the Grand, with a photo from 1944 as well as current interior shots.


mts61073 on May 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm

I I do not believe the photo from 1944 is the Grand on Holton St. there is no ally on the south side of the building and the window configuration do not match as well as the building surface and marquee. Looking for someone else to substantiate my thoughts.

Trolleyguy on May 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

I also don’t believe that photo is of the Grand. Look at the current pictures and you will see the mounts for chains to support an over the sidewalk marquee.

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