Movie theaters are one of those third places - not work, not home - where many of us grew up. We saw favorite films there as kids, we perhaps shared our first kisses there as teens, we treasure memories from them as adults. Here's a look at 9 Milwaukee classics.
Now that Ambassador Hotel owner Rick Wiegand has completed the purchase of the former Wisconsin Avenue School, 2708 W. Wisconsin Ave., we checked back in on the progress of Wiegand's plan to convert the 1919 schoolhouse into a suites hotel.
When the former State Theater, 2616 W. State St., burned on Feb. 9, a cry went up on social media as folks who remembered the place as a rock and roll club lamented what looked like the final nail in the coffin of a once vibrant West Side landmark.
Next time you're at the Oriental, take a good look around. Imagine the loss if it were to close. If the seats were ripped out. If the balcony were to be walled off. If you did all that, you'd have the theater's sibling, The Tower, 757 N. 27th St., which closed in 1975.
Though nowadays few passersby likely give the building on the southwest corner of 27th and Wells a second look, that ornate Mediterranean building was erected by the Saxe brothers in 1926 as one of the jewels in their crown of movie palaces that adorned the city.