Donna Theatre

239 N. 3rd Avenue,
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

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Previously operated by: Delft Theaters Inc.

Architects: Urban F. Peacock

Functions: Playhouse

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Third Avenue Playhouse

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 920.743.1760
Manager: 920.743.1760

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Donna Theatre

Opened in 1950 on N. 3rd Avenue in what had been built at the turn of the 20th century as a feed store, the 500-seat late-Art Moderne style Donna Theatre (named for the first owner’s wife) operated until 2000. The Donna Theatre and the Door Theatre, which both stood on N. 3rd Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, were both operated by the same family for decades.

Since the fall of 2000, the former Donna Theatre has housed the Third Avenue Playhouse, a legitimate theater.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on August 31, 2007 at 8:07 pm

In 1963, the Donna was operated by Delft Theaters, Inc, out of Butler, WI. John Schuyler was president and general manager. Delft also operated the Victory Drive-in in Butler, the Winnebago Drive-In in Wisconsin Dells, the Cosmo in Merrill, the Aqua in Minoqua, the Woods in Woodruff and the Al Ringling. Besides the Wisconsin theaters, Delft also operated many Michigan houses in the early sixties.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2008 at 9:51 pm

The December 9, 1950, issue of Boxoffice Magazine announced the recent opening of the Donna Theatre “…after many delays in construction.” The architect was named as Urban F. Peacock, of Milwaukee. The article says that “The theatre is named after Mrs. Donna Borchert, owner of the Donna and the older Door Theatre here.” A Mr. Herman Graefe was named as being the manager of both houses.

The feature on opening night was “King Solomon’s Mines” and there was also a marionette show. Mrs. Borchert, mayor Stanley Greene, and “…visiting theatre officials” gave brief talks. A glittering night for Sturgeon Bay, indeed.

thriceshy on June 29, 2014 at 7:31 am

First owner’s wife was Madonna aka Donna. According to his death notice (published in The Billboard, January 31, 1942) and the opinion of the court rendered June 15, 1951 in Borchert v. Mueller, his sole heirs were his wife, Madonna, his mother Minna, and his son, Roderick. His name, as it happens, was Frank Borchert, and he died January 7, 1942.

DavidZornig on June 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

2019 photo as Third Avenue Playhouse added credit Society for Commercial Archeology Facebook Page.

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