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Dec. 4, 2019 - West Bend Theater listed in the State Register of Histo | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Dec. 4, 2019 - West Bend Theater listed in the State Register of Historic Places

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Dec. 4, 2019 - West Bend Theater listed in the State Register of Histo | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeWest Bend Theater, West Bend, Washington Co

West Bend Theater

West Bend, WI. - The Wisconsin Historical Society placed the West Bend Theater in West Bend, Washington County on the State Register of Historic Places in November. 

Opening on November 29, 1929, the West Bend Theater was purpose-built as a movie theater and live theater venue with a full stage for live theater and the most current technology of the time for projection and screening of movies.  The West Bend Theater was designed in the Art Deco style by the prominent architectural firm Graven & Mayger from Chicago which was a master firm known primarily for large scale theater design from 1926 to 1929.  The West Bend Theater, at 872 seats, is small in comparison to most of their theaters, but the fact that Graven and Mayger were commissioned to produce a theater for West Bend amplifies its significance in the community.  Having such a prominent design firm design a theater in this smaller city was an achievement residents could boast about.   

Currently undergoing restoration, including the original marquee and blade sign, storefronts, ticket booth, lobby and audience chamber, and interior finishes including the historic paint scheme, the theater will re-open for live performance, movies, and community events.

The State Register is Wisconsin's official list of state properties determined to be significant to Wisconsin's heritage. The State Historic Preservation Office at the Wisconsin Historical Society administers both the State Register and National Register in Wisconsin.

To learn more about the State and National Register programs in Wisconsin, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org

About the Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit wisconsinhistory.org.