Metro Theater

203 E. Blackhawk Avenue,
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

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Previously operated by: AGT Enterprises

Architects: Myles E. Belongia

Firms: Peacock & Belongia

Functions: Auction House, Office Space

Previous Names: Metropolitan Theatre

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Metro Theater

The Metropolitan Theatre was opened on March 1 1907 as a live theatre, presenting “The District Leader”. By 1926 the 350-seat Metropolitan Theatre was a full-time movie theatre. It was closed on January 19, 1937 to be remodeled, reopening on March 27, 1937 with Mickey Rooney in “A Family Affair”. It was destroyed by fire in 1949.

It was rebuilt an opened on June 14, 1950 as the Metro Theater, It was operated by Harry Melcher Enterprises in the early-1960’s. It was closed on May 19, 1988 with Steven Seagal in “Above the Law”.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Per the preceding post, status should be changed to closed, and function to office space. Thanks for the information on the status.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2010 at 5:12 am

Boxoffice of May 27, 1950, reported that construction was progressing rapidly. The new house was a replacement for a theatre destroyed by fire the previous year. The architect for the project was Myles Belongia.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm

The Metro Theatre was still in operation in the 1980s when it was renovated by AGT Enterprises, according to this article in Boxoffice of February, 1994. AGT also opened the two-screen Showboat Cinemas at Prairie du Chien in March, 1984, and the Star Cinemas a decade later.

50sSNIPES on December 21, 2023 at 2:29 pm

This started life as the Metropolitan Theatre on March 1, 1907 with a live presentation of “The District Leader”. It would later become the town’s first movie house a few years later.

The Metropolitan Theatre once closed on January 19, 1937 following two months of major extensive remodeling after finishing a three-day showing of “Camille” (unclear if any short subjects were added). The theater was then renamed the Metro Theatre and reopened its doors on March 27, 1937 with Mickey Rooney in “A Family Affair” along with a couple short subjects.

After the Metro Theatre was destroyed by a fire in 1949, the theater was rebuilt and reopened on June 14, 1950.

The Metro Theatre closed for the final time on May 19, 1988 with “Above The Law”.

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