113 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Standard Theaters Management Corp.
Firms: Rapp & Rapp
Styles: French Renaissance
Previous Names: Orpheum Theatre, Garrick Theatre
Madison had an earlier Orpheum Theatre which was renamed the Garrick Theatre when the current Orpheum Theatre was finished in 1927. The building was built about 1911 as part of the national Orpheum vaudeville and theatre circuit. It was apparently remodeled into a movie theatre in 1936 and a renamed the Madison Theatre.
It is highly likely that it was capable of showing movies before that time but more research needs to be done on this lost theatre. Good pictures of the building appear in a book entitled Double Take by Zane Williams. The theatre was demolished in 1957. The building is attributed to Rapp and Rapp because of its similarities to Dubuque’s Majestic Theatre from 1910 and to other early Rapp and Rapp designs.
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