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Silver Screens: A Pictorial History of Milwaukee Movie Palaces
By Larry Widen and Judi Anderson

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces the release of "Silver Screens: A Pictorial History of Milwaukee Movie Palaces" (Paperback: $24.95; ISBN 10: 0-87020-368-1 / ISBN 13: 978-0-87020-368-8) by Larry Widen and Judi Anderson. This approachable, well-researched, and beautifully illustrated volume captures the golden age of the silver screen in Milwaukee, tracing its history from the 1890s to the grand palaces of the Roaring Twenties to the shopping mall outlets of today.

Their book is a fond reminiscence of the glorious age of movie palaces and neighborhood theaters, where motion pictures transported audiences to worlds unimaginable in scope and grandeur. Readers of all ages will be mesmerized by this pictorial journey through the transformation of Milwaukee's landmarks. As the growth of multiplexes and large-scale cinemas continues, the importance of preservation and restoration becomes increasingly urgent. "Silver Screens" is an ode to the legacy of movie theaters, a link to an age of romance, innovation and community.

Larry Widen is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer with more than 25 years experience in advertising, marketing, and communications. He writes about travel, local history, and popular culture and is the author of "Tombstone Blues," "Lar and Len: A Long Strange Trip," and "Vintage Milwaukee Postcards."

Judi Anderson has a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; she works in advertising


Media:  For review copies of the book, author or book photos, or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact Wisconsin Historical Society Press Phone: 608-264-6465/ Fax: 608-264-6486 / Email:

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing since 1855, is the state's oldest publisher.

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