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Downer Theatre
2589 N. Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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Opened Dec 3, 1915 and had 1,200 seats. Taken over by Landmark Theatres in 1989. It was twinned in 1990. Closed in Sep 2023. Reopening in 2024.

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 Last 12 MonthsAll Time
# of Ratings01
Average Overall Ratingn/aOK
(1 rating)
Recommend?Yes - 0
No - 0
Yes - 0
No - 0
May 27, 2014 (> 1 year ago) - VIP Member


Picture Quality:OK
Sound Quality:Good
Building Condition:Good

Saw Fed Up on Sunday, May 25, 2014

It was a nice throwback to buy tickets from the sidewalk ticket booth. The concession stand inside and all of the decor really set the tone for the vibe of the theater. You can tell that this place has some history. Inside the auditorium, it's a little obvious that it's been twinned, but at least they tried to make it decent.

The top masking of the screen was not level, and the upper right corner looked like the masking was caught on a sharp edge or something, as it showed more of the white screen. In the lower left corner of the screen, there was a reflection of something behind the screen that would make itself evident depending on what was on the screen; almost like a shiny metal piece on a speaker that was reflecting light through a hole in the screen (larger than the perforation). During really white portions of the movie, you could see a darker pattern in the center, almost like old CRT monitors on Pac-Man video games that would have the maze burned into it. I'm not sure what that could have been... While not really distracting, these are things that should have been noticed and addressed.

Overall, it was a positive experience. Paying $10 each on a Sunday afternoon is a little high for what you get, but we had a good time nonetheless.

(We had brunch at Cafe Hollander across the street, which was very good.)

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