Newly renovated West Bend theater anxiously awaits reopening

Newly renovated West Bend theater anxiously awaits reopening

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For one night only — its grand opening — the newly renovated West Bend theater was open to the public.

Then, the pandemic hit. The coronavirus forced the closure of most businesses, including movie theaters, leaving The Bend theater all dressed up with no one able to visit.

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 reopen, it will curate a lineup of classic movies and nostalgic family films, plus live comedy performances.

Listen to this week’s podcasts 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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