6823 W. North Avenue,
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Rosebud Cinema (Official)
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Tosa Theatre, Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse
News About This Theater
Opened as the Tosa Theatre in 1931, and was previously owned by the Milwaukee based Standard Theaters Management Corp. and Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres chain. The theatre was purchased by Jay Hollis in 1999, who has since shown first-run films at the Rosebudwhich is in direct violation of the terms of the property’s sale.
Since that time, Marcus Corp has sued Hollis and recently offered a settlement that would have Hollis donate money to charity. Hollis has claimed that if he can’t show first-run films, the Rosebud will be forced to close.
The story was turning into something of a soap opera in the area with the determined Hollis defiant to the end and appearing in several newspapers and broadcast outlets to plead his case. The Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse was closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In October 2023 it was announced that there were plans to reopen the theatre in January 2024. It reopened on February 14, 2024 with Dakota Johnson in “Madame Web”.
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