See inside the Warner Grand Theater as the future home of the MSO takes shape

See inside the Warner Grand Theater as the future home of the MSO takes shape

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Following the construction of the MSO's future downtown home on Wisconsin Ave.

One of the most noticeable developments underway now in downtown Milwaukee is the redevelopment of the Warner/Grand Theater, a combination of renovation and new construction, set to open in 2020 as the future home of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo and I give an update on the progress this week on Urban Spelunking.

The historic theater at 2nd St. and Wisconsin Ave. dates back to 1930, when it opened as an art deco movie palace, similar to the Oriental and Avalon theaters.

Every inch of the building’s interior was decorated with intention and opulence, complete with golden ceilings, grand crimson carpeted stairs and hand-painted murals.

We’ve talked about it a few times on Urban Spelunking – here and here.

Since 1995, the theater has been vacant. But last year, crews began the work to transform it.

Find out how they’re planning to move a giant piece of the theater deemed historic by a federal agency in this week’s podcast.

And make sure to read Bobby’s complete story.

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