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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Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

The theatre ran its last film in mid-1971 as near as I can tell. during the last year it was open, it was known as the Magik Grand, and showed old classics and experimental films, as well as a steady diet of adult features. At one point, its ads boasted that it was “Milwaukee’s Matinee Adult Theatre,” showing porn from noon until 6 or 7 pm. I didn’t find anything that ever refered to it as the Puerto Rico.

Patsy on August 15, 2010 at 9:28 am

Jim Rankin. He was a treasure on Cinema Treasures and I wish we had more like members like him. I had no idea that you were that close to him and that you shared many phone calls along with emails and CT posts. I also didn’t know that he collected tassles from theatre curtains. I wonder where that collection is today? The THSA should acquire it. Are you a THSA member? I plan to join as their magazine, Marquee is a treasure!

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/

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