322 W. Wisconsin Street,
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Portage Theatres (Official)
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Portage Theatre
The Portage Theatre was opened on May 5, 1927 with Richard Dix in “Knockout Reilly” & Lloyd Hamilton in “Breezing Along”. It was listed with 777 seats and a 2 manual 9 ranks Barton organ was installed. The original auditorium was split into two theatres in December 1985. It became a triple screen theatre on May 1, 1987. An addition in the 1990’s added four more screens. The shell of the original theatre still intact, though all three theatres in this original portion of the building are completely modern.
If you enter the old lobby (which is not usually open anymore, I believe) and walk down the sloped hallway toward the new main lobby/concession area, you are actually walking down what would have been a side aisle toward the stage in the original theatre, though there is no trace of a stage here now.
The former fly area above the old stage, however, still exists and is easily visible from the exterior. The Barton organ has been removed from the building.
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