Historic Movie Theatres of Wisconsin

Nineteenth Century Opera Houses through 1950s Playhouses, Town by Town


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About the Book

Wisconsin is unique in the number of historic movie theatres that remain standing today. This book catalogs those theatres, from ones built as opera houses, auditoriums, and community halls in the mid–19th century to the ornate “movie palaces” of the late 1920s and 1930s and, finally, the quickly and cheaply constructed theatres of the 1950s.
Around 900 Wisconsin theatres are arranged alphabetically by town in entries that provide the theatre’s name(s), location, number of seats, and opening and closing dates. There are 335 photographs included.

About the Author(s)

The late Konrad Schiecke was a retired director of Large Signal Engineering, Magnetic Components and Projection Optics Engineering from Zenith Electronics Corporation. A long-time member and former director of the Theatre Historical Society of America, he collected and restored 35mm theatre equipment. He lived in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Konrad Schiecke
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 288
Bibliographic Info: 335 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4290-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5392-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction      1


(alphabetical by town)

Bibliography      257
Index      267