Century Theatre

2342 N. Doctor Martin Luther King Drive,
Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Architects: Myles E. Belongia

Firms: Duggan & Huff, Peacock & Belongia

Previous Names: Atlas Theatre

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Century Theatre

Opened as the Atlas Theatre in fall of 1910. Seating was listed with 1,000 seats. It was remodeled in 1949 and was later renamed Century Theatre.

The Century Theatre closed in 1966 and was demolished in the early-1970’s.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2010 at 5:09 am

Boxoffice of May 28, 1949, said that the Atlas Theatre in Milwaukee was being remodeled, and would have a new floor, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and a new front, among other changes. The architect for the project was Myles Belongia.

LouisRugani on April 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

(December 5, 1935)
About ten days ago In Milwaukee, ground glass was thrown into two projectors of the independent Atlas theatre, 2342 N. Third street causing about $1500 damage.

RP on August 11, 2017 at 6:36 am

The Atlas Theatre was built in 1910 at 832 N. 3rd Street (just north of North Ave.), in Milwaukee, WI. Due to the City of Milwaukee changing all of the street addresses city-wide in 1930, the new address at the same site became 2342 N. 3rd Street. Later, the City renamed N. 3rd Street as MLK Drive. The theatre was not located near S. 4th St. & E. Lincoln Ave., near Baran Park (the map link on this page is the correct location). Also, the theatre opened as the Atlas and the name was later changed to the Century. The Century was remodeled in June 1949, went through bankruptcy in the mid-late 1950’s, and closed in 1966. In 1969, the Milwaukee Inner City Arts Council proposed remodeling the theatre, but the plan never materialized, and the theatre was demolished some time in the early 1970’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2018 at 8:32 pm

The July 23, 1910, issue of The American Contractor carried this item:

“Milwaukee, Wis.—Theater: 2 sty. 50x129. Architect Duggan & Huff, Century bldg., St. Louis. Owner Atlas Amusement Co., care architect.”

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