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Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 and updated on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 11:06 AM

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Photo taken July 10, 2010 Copyright © 2012, SVJ Designs, LLC. All rights reserved.The Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in a recent article in the Wauwatosa Patch:

When the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse celebrated its birthday last year, it commemorated the day by playing two old classics: Citizen Kane and The Birds.

They're old, but the theater itself, at 80 and counting, is older still.

Originally called the Tosa Theater, it has been serving the Wauwatosa community since 1931, when it was opened by Ross Baldwin at 6823 North Ave.


In 1940, the Baldwins sold the theater to Marcus Cinemas, whoich [sic] owned it until 1999.

In 1999, the theater went to a sheriff’s auction, where it was purchased by Jay Hollis. Hollis owned the theater until the summer of 2007, when the current owner, David Glazer, purchased it.

When Glazer bought the theater, there were few changes that needed to be made. The previous owner, Hollis, was the person responsible for removing all the movie theater seats and installing the famous (and very comfortable) plush couch seating inside the theater.


Rosebud is known for its extensive, and quite impressive, food and beverage menu.


“Every couch has it’s own table,” Widen said, “and we deliver food right to our customers’ seats.”


This special touch isn’t lost on customers.


Rosebud fan Amanda Buckley said she loves the “warm and homey atmosphere” of the theater.


“You can’t beat getting comfy on a couch, watching a movie and having a Bloody Mary delivered to your seat,” she said.


The Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse is also a Class B tavern, allowing it to sell beer, wine and liquor until 2 a.m. Customers can order beer by the pint or the pitcher, wine by the glass or the bottle, and cocktails such as margaritas, martinis and Bloody Marys.


The theater, which can seat up to 160 moviegoers, has 18 employees. Most of the employees are part time college students.

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