ebook History of Watertown, Wisconsin
106 W Main
This address was site of first Fischers Store
Savoy Opened in 1938 / The Savoy, which was launched in August of 1938 by Milwaukee interests.
It operated for some years and then closed and was taken over by the Classic Theatre management.
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"The Fighting 69th" attracts viewers in 1940
Savoy Theater Fire, 1950
In later years the theater building was added to the offices of the Wisconsin National Bank. The entire structure was razed in the mid 1980’s.
-- -- PROJECTOR USED TO SHOW MOVIES IN 1940
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06 06 SAVOY THEATER FIRE
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-- -- REOPENING AFTER FIRE
Reopening of, after fire of 1950. In later years the theater was added to the offices of the adjacent Wisconsin National Bank. Entire structure demolished in mid-1980’s.
10 14 SAVOY THEATRE REOPENS
Gala Technicolor Film Chosen for First Attraction
The Savoy theatre, dark since the fire of June 6 caused a loss of $50,000, will reopen next Wednesday night, Oct. 18, it was announced today by Oscar Baumann, manager of the Savoy and Classic theatres here.
The opening bill will be a gala one, featuring the technicolor musical production “Tea for Two” which stars Doris Day and Gordon McRae.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and there will be two shows. The second at 9:15 p.m. The film attraction will remain through next Saturday night.
Mr. Baumann disclosed that the show house will be open each night and that programs will change twice weekly — on Sundays and Wednesdays. There will be no matinee on Sunday, however.
The theatre has been handsomely reconstructed. Its appearance today is a far cry from the blackened, charred and beaten-up auditorium that resulted from the fire.
It has been completely changed. New decorations, lighting and stage equipment have been installed. The lobby has been changed and the finest sound reproduction equipment has been installed. The projection booth is entirely reconstructed and the best projection equipment has been secured.
Comfortable seats, carpeting and everything else that has been installed has been selected to make it a theatre of pleasant surroundings and with the comfort of patrons in mind. They are certain to find it an enjoyable place to spend an evening.
Workmen are still engaged in putting the finishing touches on the theatre auditorium and the marquee, but Mr. Baumann asserted that everything will be completed and in readiness for the grand opening.
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-- -- CHURCH SERVICES HELD IN THEATER
From the demolition of the original Immanuel Lutheran Church structure through the completion of new construction the congregation held worship services in the old Savoy Theater.
07 01 DOC SCHMEICHEL
Of the thousands upon thousands of persons who passed through the portals of the Classic Theatre and the Savoy Theatre here over the years that A. W. (Doc) Schmeichel served as doorman, handing their tickets to him, very few were aware of the part he played in Watertown music and entertainment circles for two generations. The fact is that Doc has had a most unusual musical career, having played with bands and orchestras, including his own musical organization and a combo. Doc’s start in the entertainment field dates back to 1912, nearly a half century ago, when he began to play with the old Imperial Band of Watertown, then a leading musical organization here. WDT
12 18 WISCONSIN NATIONAL BANK UTILIZING FORMER SAVOY THEATRE BLDG
Work was started this morning on the Wisconsin National Bank project in West Main Street whereby the bank will add to its services a drive-in banking facility, utilizing the former Savoy Theatre building directly west of the bank. First step in the project is the removal of the theatre marquee. The Beaver Wrecking and Salvage Co. of Beaver Dam had a crew of men on the job today. WDT
06 10 PLANS FOR DRIVE-IN BANKING FACILITY
The Wisconsin National Bank in Watertown is ready to open its new facility — TV Auto Banking. The new department will be in operation for the public starting Monday, but tomorrow, June 11 the bank will hold a sort of “Open House” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and invites the public to drop in, inspect the drive-in facility and register for prizes which will be presented. Saturday’s event is being arranged to open the new facility and will be a forerunner to the regular TV Auto Banking service which begins Monday morning. The new facility occupies the former Savoy Theatre building directly west of the bank building which the bank acquired last year. WDT
Image of Savoy Theater’s movie projector: WHS_005_254-257
Review article on Watertown movie theaters
History of Watertown, Wisconsin