Waukesha Civic Theatre

264 West Main Street,
Waukesha, WI 53186

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm

This web page about Waukesha’s movie theaters says that this house opened as the Empire Theatre in 1906 and the building was remodeled and became the Pix Theatre in 1940.

I can’t find any references to an Empire Theatre, or a Pix Theatre, in Waukesha during the 1920s or 1930s in any of the trade publications or in the local newspaper. I suspect that the Empire was converted to other uses for at least two decades, and then reconverted into a theater again.

sdowns on October 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

does anyone have any pictures of the inside of this theater (before it became the Waukesha Civic theatre) that they could post?

kencmcintyre on February 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, November 1947:

WAUKESHA-“Forever Amber” has folded at the Pix Theater because of a lack of attendance at the $1.20 admission figure. The film had also been target of an attack by a Waukesha Catholic priest.

kjv7782 on September 17, 2008 at 11:02 am

I remember this theatre was a porn house in the mid 70’s, but I later saw ‘Pete’s Dragon’ here in ‘77/'78. I remember the first two Friday the 13ths playing in quick succession – maybe they re-released the first right before the second came out?

The ceiling of this theatre was stained and falling apart in the early-mid 80’s. It was pretty scary for kids to go there.

teecee on March 5, 2005 at 10:08 am

State Register listing:
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