In Photos: Racine's former movie theaters Mar 27, 2019 2 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Take a look back at Racine's former movie palaces. Looking back at Racine's former theaters Take a look back at Racine's former movie palaces. Uptown Theater marquee The Uptown Theater, 1426 Washington Ave., is shown in this undated photograph and after its days as a movie palace. Photo courtesy of the Racine Heritage Museum archives Uptown Theater interior, file photo This undated file photo from the Feb. 27, 1989, issue of The Journal Times shows the Uptown Theater, 1426 Washington Ave., in its prime. Journal Times file photo Uptown Theater interior The Uptown Theater interior is shown in this October 2012 photo from New York City-based photographer Matt Lambros, who documents decaying theaters through his ongoing project "After The Final Curtain." Photo courtesy of Matt Lambros, "After The Final Curtain" Monument Square Sept. 13, 1950 Monument Square is shown in this Sept. 13, 1950, photo. Near the top of the image are both the Rialto and Venetian theaters in the spot where the Johnson Building now sits. Photo courtesy Racine Heritage Museum archives Venetian exterior The exterior of the Venetian Theatre is shown. Located in the 500 block of Main Street, it was Racine's largest theater. Photo courtesy Racine Heritage Museum archives Venetian interior The interior of the Venetian Theatre is shown. It could hold more than 1,900 people. Photo courtesy Racine Heritage Museum archives Venetian torn down The Venetian, Racine's largest movie theater, is torn down on March 3, 1977. Journal Times file photo Park (Capitol) theatre The Capitol Theatre, 3015 Washington Ave., is shown in this Nov. 17, 1981, file photo. It was later renamed the Park Theater. Journal Times file photo Park Theatre The Park Theatre, 3015 Washington Ave., has been ordered to be razed by the City of Racine, although there is still a court process to go through before demolition can begin. ADAM ROGAN, email@example.com Bijou Theater The Bijou Theater, 245 Main St., is shown sometime in 1906. The theater moved to the 400 block of Main Street in 1907. Now, the building houses Divino Gelato Cafe. Journal Times file photo Divino Gelato Divino Gelato, a Downtown Racine restaurant, is shown. The establishment once housed the Bijou Theater. GREGORY SHAVER, Journal Times Crown Theatre opening The Crown Theatre, 911 16th St., is shown the day of its opening in this March 11, 1927, photo. Journal Times file photo Crown Theatre, circa 1935 The Crown Theatre, 911 16th St., is shown in this 1935 photo. Journal Times file photo Granada Theatre The exterior of the former Granada Theatre, 1921 Charles St., is shown. MEGAN BURKE, Journal Times Granada Theatre The former stage and screen area of the Granada Theatre, 1921 Charles St., is shown. Larry Vail, owner of Jim's Garage Door Service, purchased the building in 2015 and is using it as a warehouse. MEGAN BURKE, Journal Times Granada Theatre An ornate fireplace in the lobby of the former Granada Theatre, 1921 Charles St., is still intact. MEGAN BURKE, Journal Times Granada Theatre An old exit sign from the Granada Theatre, 1921 Charles St., is shown. MEGAN BURKE, Journal Times Granada Theatre An old sign to the side of the stage and screen area at the former Granada Theatre is shown. MEGAN BURKE, Journal Times Granada Theatre The ceiling of the lobby at the former Granada Theatre, 1921 Charles St., is shown. MEGAN BURKE, Journal Times Granada Theatre Ornate carvings on the facade of the former Granada Theatre, 1921 Charles St., are shown. MEGAN BURKE, Journal Times Granada Theatre The auditorium ceiling of the former Granada Theatre, 1921 Charles St., is shown. MEGAN BURKE, Journal Times Douglas Theatre, Jan. 30, 1926 The Douglas Theatre, 1639 Douglas Ave., is shown Jan. 30, 1926, on its opening day. The building is practically unrecognizable now and houses apartments and a Metro PCS store. Journal Times file photo Former Douglas Theatre The former Douglas Theatre, 1639 Douglas Ave., is shown. The theater closed in 1960, and the building has since held a motel, apartments and Metro PCS store. JONATHON SADOWSKI, Journal Times Former Rapids Plaza Cinema I and II The former Rapids Plaza Cinema I and II, 2200 Mount Pleasant St., is now home to Reconciliation Ministries International, a church that took the building over in 1998. The theater closed in 1992, about a year after a riot stemming from a canceled screening of "Boyz n the Hood." JONATHON SADOWSKI, Journal Times Rapids Plaza Cinema, Sept. 25, 1992 The Rapids Plaza Cinema I and II, 2200 Mount Pleasant St., is shown on Sept. 25, 1992. Journal Times file photo Rapids Plaza Cinema investigation A Racine Police officer investigates at the Rapids Plaza Cinema, 2200 Mount Pleasant St., in this July 13, 1991, file photo. It was the day after a riot broke out over a canceled screening of "Boyz n the Hood." Journal Times file photo Former Marc Cinema I and II The former Marc Cinema I and II building, 4111 Durand Ave., now houses Dollar General and Michelle Nails & Spa. It stopped screening movies after 14 years in 1987. JONATHON SADOWSKI, Journal Times RKO Mainstreet Theatre The RKO Mainstreet Theatre, 200 Main St., is shown in this April 25, 1912, file photo. In this photo, the theater was still called the Orpheum. Journal Times file photo RKO Mainstreet Theatre interior The interior of the RKO Mainstreet Theatre is shown in this Aug. 26, 1913, photo. Journal Times file photo Rialto Rialto teardown The Rialto Theatre, one of Racine's largest former cinemas, is torn down in this January 1978 photo. Photo courtesy Racine Heritage Museum archives Rex Theatre, July 17 1937 The Rex Theatre, 211 Main St., is shown the day of its reopening in this July 17, 1937, photo. Journal Times file photo Rex Theatre teardown The Rex Theatre, 211 Main St., is torn down in this Dec. 11, 1978, file photo. The building had stood since 1890. Journal Times file photo Westgate Cinema Westgate Cinema is shown in 2006 after Marcus Corporation announced that it was closing the theater, which had operated since 1968. Journal Times file photo Westgate demolition Anthony Azarian takes a look inside the former Westgate Cinema during its demolition in this July 14, 2017, photo. Journal Times file photo Marcus Value Cinemas The Marcus Regency Value Cinema is shown in this 2009 file photo. It closed and was torn down that year. Journal Times file photo Tags Sweeps Wisconsin Movie Theaters Uptown Park Venetian Rialto Rko Mainstreet Crown Theatre Westgate Cinema Marcus Renaissance Rex Theatre Marcus Regency Douglas Theatre Granada Theatre Bijou Theater Divino Gelato Evergreen As featured on +3 Proposed water fee shift to go to state commission RACINE — The city Water Utility’s proposal to shift the cost of maintaining fire hydrants fr… Three commercial building sales total $30 million RACINE COUNTY — Three commercial buildings around the county have been bought and sold in th… +4 Gold Medal Lofts redevelopment well underway, will create 77 apartments RACINE — The former Gold Medal Camp Furniture Manufacturing Co. building at 1700 Packard Ave… More information As curtains close on Park Theatre, other former theaters still stand in RacineFrom Regency Mall to Main Street: Remembering Racine's demolished theatersAs demolition looms, a local group tries to save the Park TheatreDowntown bands, theaters and dance clubs of 1950s-60s to be remembered in programFormer Uptown George Webb getting new life Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (2) comments phoner2 Dec 11, 2018 10:51pm It’s sad all we have left is festival and memorial hall, places like these can never be built again the craftsmanship to do so has been forgotten, today they’d just be extruded aluminum facades, Sheetrock and melamine. Report Add Reply Tully Dec 11, 2018 3:29pm Did you know that prior to the Venetian and Rialto theaters on the east side of Monument Square, there was the Palace Theater?In this photo of the 500 block of Main St.you can see the Palace in the center and the Friedman Department Store to the left.Racine's Palace Theater opened on Easter Sunday in 1916 in a remodeled storefront building at 511 Main Street. It had seating for 400 people and only lasted about 10 years with it's last show being in 1927. That building, together with the Friedman Department store, were razed and in their place was built the 1900 seat Venetian Theater that opened a year later.The location of the Palace Theater was in later years, the Eagles Hall. Report Add Reply Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. 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