Hollywood Theater

412 S. Barstow Street,
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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Hollywood Theatre, Eau Claire, WI

The Hollywood Theater was opened March 9, 1947 with Merle Oberon in “That Uncertain Feeling”. On April 4, 1980 it became a 3-screen theatre. The former Hollywood Theater is now home to the Valleybrook Church.

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bigred on September 30, 2007 at 1:04 am

Who owned this theatre? Anyone know when it opened or closed and was it an art house or what kind of theatre?

kenosharay on December 10, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Gene Grengs owned this theatre. The main theatre was split into two theatres and the balcony had been made into a third during a remodel in the 70’s or 80’s.

kenosharay on March 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm

The Hollywood opened on Easter Sunday in 1947.

kenosharay on June 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm

In the early 1960’s this theatre was remodeled. They added a waterfall in the lobby near one of the entrances to the auditorium. On the other side they added a fish pond/wishing well. A lounge area was in between with a classic 60’s TV. A curved screen was added with the hope of somday showing real cinerama films. None were ever shown here.

bigred89 on October 22, 2010 at 12:39 am

Any pics of the waterfall or fish pond/ wishing well in the lobby? It sound like the Mann/GCC Southtown in Bloomington,Mn. which also had a waterfall/wishing well in the lobby.

rivest266 on January 28, 2018 at 8:21 am

This opened on March 9th, 1947. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on January 28, 2018 at 10:07 am

Reopened on April 4th, 1980 with three screens called Duke, Fantasy and Mae West. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

50sSNIPES on January 4, 2021 at 2:28 pm

Yes This Became A Triplex At The Time And Successfully Led Its Triplex Run Happily Throughout The Rest Of The 1980’s And Into Parts Of The Early 1990’s. And Yes, The Unique Thing About This Theater Is That It Had Separate Names.

All I Can Find Other Information About This Theater Is When This Triplex While Being Operated By Grengs Theatres Was Once Closed In 1993 But Reopened Later That October While Under Competitions. I Don’t Know When It Actually Closed As A Movie Theater, But The Only Hints I Can Find Were More Commonly (95% Sure) In The 1990’s Or (5% Sure) In The Very Early 2000’s.

50sSNIPES on January 5, 2021 at 8:49 am

Also, During It’s Successful Triplex Run, The Leader-Telegram Of Eau Claire Placed Showings Together Along With The Downtown 1 & 2. Being Separated, It Was Narrated As “Downtown 5”. Despite Being Separated In Downtown Areas, It Is Blocks Ahead.

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