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Milwaukee, WI: Former Majestic Theatre Building Being Redeveloped Again Into Apartment Building

Posted on Friday, August 27, 2021 6:48 PM

The building that once contained the Majestic Theatre on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is being redeveloped into an apartment complex. The theater closed in 1932, and very little of what used to be still remains.

Those remnants might become visible as the redevelopment project gets going, and an article published recently by Urban Milwaukee talks about and may feature a photo of the support structure for the former theater, which had a stage for vaudeville performances:

But plenty of challenges remain in the building. A number of units have smaller rooms or unusual floor plans that Krsnak said he was considering how to reconfigure.

There is also a series of two-story units in the middle of the building, due to a support structure that is likely the top of the former vaudeville theater.

A series of steel beams crisscross the fourth floor, appearing seemingly out of nowhere in certain units. Gorman repurposed a two-story interior space caused by the supports into a gymnasium and appears to have added new supports, but a sound issue still required the basketball court to be carpeted. Krsnak intends to use it as a co-working space.

The larger issue is that the steel pieces cut off the hallways, triggering Gorman’s two-story solution to create leasable space on the inaccessible floor. Krsnak will have a tough time dividing the units into more logical one-level layouts, but is considering options.

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Built in 1907 for the Schlitz Brewing Company, the building is across the street from a more well-known movie theater, the former Warner Theatre, which is now the home of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.



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