Newly renovated West Bend theater reopening for live concert, free movie

Newly renovated West Bend theater reopening for live concert, free movie

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Updated July 16, 2020

After months of uncertainty, The Bend theater in West Bend is reopening with a live concert and a movie screening.

On Friday, July 17, Milwaukee artist Zach Petrini will perform to a limited audience, starting at 7 p.m. Then on Saturday, July 18, The Bend will host a free screening of the cult classic “Rock ā€˜Nā€™ Roll High School,” featuring The Ramones. You can find ticket info on its website.

A view from the stage. Photo courtesy of Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee.com.

The 1929 vaudeville theater recently underwent a massive transformation to the tune of about $4 million, including new seating, projection and restoration of the original artwork.

On the outside, the iconic “WEST BEND” marquee remains. And inside, new paint, restored metal work and modern lighting add charm and beauty.

Photo courtesy of Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee.com.

When the theatre is able to fully reopen, it will curate a lineup of classic movies and nostalgic family films, plus live comedy performances.

Listen to this week’s podcasts, recorded in May 2020 when the theater was closed, for more about the renovation and the owners’ future plans. And be sure read Bobby’s story at OnMilwaukee for pictures and more details.

Photo courtesy of Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee.com.
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