Oasis Theatre

2626 W. Center Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53206

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jwmovies on March 21, 2019 at 3:57 am

This closed later than the 1975. Read the marquee. The Boys from Brazil (one of my favorite movies BTW) was released in 1978.

gtmokeith on May 13, 2015 at 6:49 pm

I grew up on 36th and Locust and usually every Sunday I’d walk down to the Oasis and see anything that they were showing, usually staying through several shows. Saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Swiss Family Robinson, so many more. I don’t remember the building being anything special. Probably took my life in own hands walking up and down Fond du Lac ave.

Trolleyguy on June 23, 2014 at 11:23 am

Google Street View is way off. The former theatre is now part of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

That Golden Toned Barton Theater Pipe Organ was a 2/, manual/, keyboards/, shipped from the Barton factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1926 to the Savoy Theatre. Does anyone know what happened to organ?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

Small photo in Boxoffice magazine, May 12, 1958:
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(Top right.)

TimothyRuf on April 4, 2005 at 12:46 pm

This building is currently not in use.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 7, 2005 at 11:51 am

The Film Daily Yearbok, 1941 gives a seating capacity of 800 for the Savoy Theater. In the 1950 edition it had reduced slightly to 761.

JimRankin on January 7, 2005 at 10:31 am

The OASIS never had an Egyptian decor; the reason for the name is unknown. It was a typical box beams-and-pilasters decor, that was not materially remodeled when it changed names. It is in a decaying neighborhood and now is a tavern/bar.

DavidHurlbutt on December 7, 2004 at 11:51 am

Located at the busy intersections of 27th Street, Center Street, and Fond du Lac Avenue, the SAVOY THEATRE was a very popular movie house. For many years the Savoy was part of the Saxe circuit and even in the 50s long after the heyday of the Saxe Theaters, the Savoy would be listed in The Milwaukee Sentinel as Saxe’s Savoy
In the 40s and 50s the Savoy changed its programs trice a week, on Fridays and on Tuesdays. The Savoy often had original programing of films showing independent releases and British imports not shown in the chain theaters. When the remodelled Savoy became the Oasis in the 60s, the programing became similar to that of other theaters. During its final days it regularly featured Kung Fu films.