Alhambra Theater Interior

Alhambra Theater Interior
334 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The interior of the Alhambra Theater is shown in this rare view. The Saxe Brothers leased the vaudeville theater from the Uihlein family in 1911 and turned it into a 3,000-seat motion picture theater. For a time, it was the largest movie theater in the world.

The Milwaukee Journal printed a stunning pictorial advertisement on Friday, 19th August 1927, page 19, for “Jelly Roll” Morton and his Red Hot Peppers, who were booked by the Music Corporation of America for a one week engagement at the prestigious Alhambra Theater.

Coinciding with Charles Lindbergh’s triumphal parade in the city, the opening of Morton’s show, complete with dancers and female vocalist, commenced Saturday, 20th August 1927, along with the movie “The Lone Eagle.” [MCA]

courtesy of Larry Widen

2006 Milwaukee History

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