“Silver Screens” traces the rich history of Milwaukee’s movie theaters, from 1890s nickelodeons to the grand palaces of the Roaring Twenties to the shopping mall outlets of today. And the story doesn’t end there: in the past two decades, the revival of interest in preservation and restoration of theaters has confirmed that there’s still life in these beloved old structures. With the publication of “Silver Screens,” authors Larry Widen and Judi Anderson help ensure that our old theaters, those being restored and those long since vanished, will remain forever embedded in our collective memory.
In this revised edition of their book “Milwaukee Movie Palaces,” the authors present new findings on film innovations, drive-in theaters, projection booths, movie promotions, noted theater personalities, recent restoration efforts, and much more. Illuminated with more than a hundred photographs, including many never before published, “Silver Screens” is a stunning tribute to the legacy of the movie theater.