Waukesha Civic Theatre (WCT)
The Bryce and Anne Styza Family donated the building and the Anthony and Andrea Bryant Family contributed greatly to the renovation. The building is named the Margaret Brate Bryant Civic Theatre Building in honor of Tony Bryant's mother, a local actress. In 1999 the Wisconsin Historical Society listed the Pix Theatre on the State register of historic places.
In 2007, WCT celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is one of only 100 community theatres in the U.S. on record for at least 50 years of operation.
Erected 2007 by Waukesha County Historical Museum. (Marker Number 34-13.)
Location. 43° 0.713′ N, 88° 13.844′ W. Marker is in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker can be reached from Main Street. Touch for map. Located behind the Civic Theatre on the road through the parking lot next to the river. Marker is at or near this postal address: 264 West Main Street, Waukesha WI 53186, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
1. History of the Pix Theater building.
The Pix Theater was built in 1939 on the site of the old Gaspar Building built in 1906 to house the Empire Theater, operating as a nickelodeon. Patrons at the Pix opening in 1940 were given a booklet which told them about the decor including porcelain, stainless steel, walnut veneer, pine square inlays, richly-padded Crestwood carpet of French modern design and streamlined spring-seat chairs which put the viewer four inches above the person seated in front of them. The first movie shown was "Edison the Man." First run features were shown here after they had run at the Park Theater first. In 1947 there were three theaters in downtown Waukesha owned by one company; the Avon, the Park, and the Pix.
In 1977 the Pix and the Park were bought by James Gudmundson.
In 1996 the building was sold to Bruce Styza, as a possible site for a parking lot. After much fundraising by the Waukesha Civic Theatre, the building was saved and redone so that the outside once again resembled the original theater. The inside was completely redone in art deco style to reflect the time period in which it was built. This newly remodeled space became the home of the Waukesha Civic Theatre.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,028 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 8, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.