Murray Theatre

2342 N. Murray Avenue,
Milwaukee, WI 53211

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Firms: Schultz & Seeler

Previous Names: East Theatre

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Murray Theatre

Opened as the East Theatre in 1911 and later renamed the Murray Theatre. Seating was given at 540. The architects for the East/Murray Theatre was Schutz & Seeler. Jim Rankin didn’t list in his notes who owned/operated the theatre.

The Murray Theatre closed in 1952 and is now a UA Bank Drive-Up facility. Any further information on the Myrray/East Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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mjholmes on January 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

The attached link to the Milwaukee Public Library Historic Photo Archive shows the corner of Murray and Thomas in the early 1950’s. Does anyone know if the building shown is the Murray Theater? An A&P is to the south and then the bank, now US Bank.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 25, 2013 at 4:58 am

A Golden Voiced Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/, manual/, keyboards/, was shipped from the Barton organ factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the Murray Theatre in 1925. anyone know how many /ranks, /sets of pipes it had or what happened to the organ?

Cary22 on May 18, 2017 at 7:24 am

Discovered this website while searching online for the Murray Theater in Milwaukee – a theater that my 98 year old mother recalls attending in 1929-1930. She does not remember the organ (sorry Mr. Jensen), but does recall that admission was 10 cents. Her parents were Swedish immigrants and they moved their family to a flat on Murray Ave after leaving their original homestead in Clark County, WI. I followed the link provided by mjholmes (in this thread) to the Milwaukee Public Library Photo Archive and printed the 1950s photo of the building for her view. She has confirmed that it is the Murray Theater she recalls from decades earlier. Oh, how we wish that building could have been preserved!

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