Chief Theatre question

posted by mikechopragant on February 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm

KENOSHA, WI — I am working on a project about theaters in Kenosha and would be very grateful to receive any information at all about the Chief. I know it was operating in the 1940’s but can’t find out anything else. Information about its capacity and location would be especially welcome.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Mike-I don’t know if you know about this, but if you go to the top left of the screen, type in KENOSHA, click THEATER, click SEARCH and I think it will show 1 theater, but go click, BY CITY and all 17 Kenosha theaters will show up. LOST MEMORY might have a good laugh cause there might be a better way to do it.
If you find out any info on the Kenosha Theaters, PLEASE add it to this site.
The organ mentioned in the coments for the Chief/Cameo Theater was a Barton Theater Pipe Oregan, 2 Manual (2 keyboards) made in Oskosh, Wisconsin.

mikechopragant on February 14, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Lost, Bob, – Many thanks for this. This is fantastic, very helpful. My research is on programming of movies in the cinemas rather than the cinemas themselves so I am not sure if it is of that much interest to users of this site. I had a great time last summer doing some of the research in Kenosha, including a tour around the darkest reaches of the old Gateway Theater (now the Rhode Opera House). I will be presenting papers based on the research at the Popular Culture Association conference in Frisco and the British Association of American Studies conference this March and hopefully at the European Communications Rsearch and Education Association conference in Barcelona in November and I am currently working with a colleague on a bid for a major grant to extend my research to include the entire Milwaukee cicuit (and a comparative study of the Phildelphia circuit). If anyone is interested I have a website which is not updated as oten as it could be at

mikechopragant on February 14, 2008 at 7:03 pm

…sorry that’s If anyone has any information regarding film booking or box office returns for either of these circuits please email me at .uk

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