Family Theatre

18 South Wisconsin Street,
Elkhorn, WI 53121

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Family Theatre, Elkhorn, WI

The first movie house in Elkhorn was the Family Theatre, opened in 1909 by Harry Wright within a storefront building at 18 S. Wisconsin Street (occupied at this writing in 2013 by a pet grooming shop). Mabel Hare played the piano and George Mitchell played the drums and devised musical sound effects for the silent movies. Mitchell was the father of George Jr. who was a second generation drummer who entertained many with a number of local bands and an occasional solo performance with his drum sticks on the bottles behind some of the local bars.

At the Family Theatre, serials such as “The Perils of Paulineā€ were favorites. George Minette and Percy Webster bought the Family Theatre and closed it in 1915.

Contributed by Lou Rugani
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