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Milwaukee, WI: Modjeska Theatre's Reopening Seen as Crucial to Theater's Future

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 2:28 PM by Scott Jentsch

Reopening the 1,200-seat Modjeska Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is seen as crucial to paying for the building's restoration, according to the vice president of Mitchell Street Development Opportunity Corp., which owns the the historic theater.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article recently which interviewed the people involved in the project, including local historian Larry Widen, who has been involved in the operation of the Times Theater and the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse, two other theaters with a history in the area.

Milwaukee's Modjeska Theatre, which closed four years ago, is undergoing renovations for a planned reopening this fall as a budget cinema and venue for professional wrestling and other live events.

Volunteers have already removed enough garbage and debris from the building to fill two Dumpsters, with the next cleanup day scheduled for June 7, said Larry Widen, who's overseeing the work.

Meanwhile, around $12,000 of the $150,000 needed to reopen the Modjeska has been raised, said John Kesselman, vice president of Mitchell Street Development Opportunity Corp., a nonprofit group that owns the theater, 1134 W. Historic Mitchell St.

Reopening the 1,200-seat Modjeska, and booking shows and movies to generate revenue, is crucial to paying for the building's restoration, Kesselman, said.

"We'd like to get it open, and stop the bleeding," he said. "It's so important to save this for the city. We have so few of these left."

Click the Read link below to view the full article. Don't bother trying to play the video at the top, as there's nothing there after the ad plays.



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