La Vogue Theatre
1820 52nd Street,
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Architects: Charles O. Augustine
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: New Vogue Theatre, Vogue Theatre
The New Vogue Theatre in Kenosha was opened on September 15, 1923 with Joe King in “Counterfeit Love”. Originally it had vaudeville acts and movies. It was equipped with a Moller 2 manual 6 ranks organ. It was remodeled on March 23, 1940 in a Streamline Moderne style. But in 1958, the Vogue Theatre was purchased by a local religious group.
In 1960, the original marquee (which was fantastic!) was removed for the widening of 52nd Street. That same year, the theatre was loaned out to the Shoreliners Drum and Bugle Corps, who then had all the children who were in the corps tear out the theatre’s seats and level off its floor with cement. But they did install a kitchen. In 1970, a group of college kids restored the box office, brought in a bunch of folding chairs, and started showing 16mm films.
Cinema Treasures user ‘denise’ shares this memory:
“In 1977, Louis Rugani (who has a show on 920 AM in Kenosha) helped my father attain the building. He had built a loft on the balcony to live in and had it as a gymnastics academy during the day and a disco at night, and special nights for roller disco too.
My father passed away close to 11 years ago and my brother and I inherited the theatre. Unfortunately, my brother passed about 2 years ago and I became the sole owner. I am living in it and restoring it with my fiancé."
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