Astor Theater

1696 N. Astor St.,
Milwaukee, WI 53202-2164

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rivest266 on October 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Grand opening ad on this page at View link

DavidHurlbutt on October 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Glorioso Brothers will open their grocery and deli in the spring of 2010 in the old Brady Street Drugstore/Cafe which operated in the remodeled Astor Theater Building. At present there are no definite plans for the second floor of the old theater which up to 2008 was used as a performing center for theater, dance and films.

DavidHurlbutt on May 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Glorioso’s Deli and Market has bought the building and will be moving their store from across the street on Brady into the old Astor Theater building. The Brady Steet Pharmacy which had occupied most of the building closed last year and last week the lunch counter and cafe and the 37 seat theater closed.

Broan on September 30, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Photos of this theater are HERE

JimRankin on June 8, 2006 at 5:49 am

According to a June 1, 2006, two page article in the local “Shepherd Express” free tabloid, Jim Searles' new 37-seat cinema cum performance space in his pharmacy is going strong to the delight of local film students and amateur filmmakers. He has dubbed it “The Astor Street Theater” which is a little bit of nostalgia since it is in the building that was once the ASTOR Theatre. Any visitor to the Brady Street Pharmacy’s lunch counter will find himself in the right atmosphere, since Jim has strung stage lights there and together with movie posters and a camera crane from Hollywood, you can almost expect an agent from a film company to jump out and offer you a film contract any moment! The drug store definitely has two faces and it all is a lot of fun.

JimRankin on January 12, 2005 at 6:06 am

Jim Searles did get the screen he needed from a local source, and so his show goes on, I’m happy to say. ‘Break a leg’ Jim.

JimRankin on September 13, 2004 at 7:45 am

Can anyone help this man dedicated to opening a vintage screenings venue for local college kinds? His registered non-profit “Brady Street Film Center” is a conversion of portions of his Brady Street Pharmacy which prior to 1954 was the ASTOR theatre, a 1912 cinema. If you are ever in Milwaukee, you must stop by the pharmacy on Brady St. at Astor St. and see the unusual transformation! Contact him directly via his E-mail address if you can be of help.

From: “James Searles” <.com>
To: “Jim Rankin” <>
Subject: Request for Help
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 10:30:04 -0500
Dear Jim,

We finally got an occupancy permit. The sound system is operational. The screen frame is up.

We need a small perforated snow white screen – used. We can re-cut to fit our frame – about 10 x 20' Please pass this on. Perhaps some one knows of a theater that is about to come down.


JimRankin on June 14, 2004 at 10:40 pm

Please let me know of anything you learn of this theatre: