Rosebud Cinema Owner Plans August Opening

Lee Barczak says work on Rosebud and Times theaters is "full speed ahead," including hiring staff, toward an opening next month.

No firm date is set, but the owner of the and cinemas says both theaters will reopen in August.

Lee Barczak, who , vowed to , and it looks like he'll do just that.

"Our game plan was to get it done correctly and really be ready for the public and not rush it, and that's what we've been doing," Barczak said Wednesday morning.

Painters were working diligently on the balcony stairway walls, a sure sign that structural work is taken care of and the finishing touches are close at hand.

"Renovations are in progress and work has been moving steadily ahead," Barczak said. "We've been in contact with both municipalities to make sure we've got everything in order for an opening, and we're actively getting all the various components put together, including interviewing people for employment.

"It's full speed ahead."

Barczak said he would be working with his theater manager and general manager this week and they would likely settle early next week on a date – and a show – for a grand reopening next month.

alt ideas needed July 11, 2012 at 08:00 PM
yeah, a Wauwatosa institution. Cant wait for them to re open.
Jim Price July 12, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Alt, I would like to meet you, Random Bog Commenter and a few others for a cocktail (or beer) and a movie the night Rosebud reopens.
Bam Bam Ruble July 12, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Yo don' hold yo' breaf Mr. Price, da Avalon wuz supposed ta open right away too...dat wuz 5 years ago just like mammy.
Jim Price July 12, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Entirely different scenes, Bam Bam. Barczak was trying to do a mixed-use development for around $6 million at the Avalon and ran into all kinds of trouble. At the Rosebud and Times, he's just reopening a couple of standing businesses, at about $500,000 for both. I will hold my breath, but not too deeply, because I see no reason these theaters shouldn't succeed. Mr. Barczak has already given his mea culpas for the Avalon slowdown.
alt ideas needed July 12, 2012 at 02:39 AM
sounds good Jim, I really appreciate your work. Thanks for the updates.
Jim Price July 12, 2012 at 02:50 AM
To be entirely objective, I will wait until both the Rosebud and Times are reopened before I sing anybody's praises – but I did sneak inside the Rosebud today, and I can say without doubt that there's a lot of work and money that's going into it.
John T. Pokrandt July 12, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Wonderful news for both Wauwatosa and Washington Heights. We've been missing taking the kids to movies at our local theaters
elizabeth July 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Did they replace the seats? Those couches were a cute idea but horribly uncomfortable to sit in for an extended period of time.
Jim Price July 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
It was pretty dark in there, but it looked to me like new couches. Mr. Barczak said in May that he intended to hold to the concept.
Random Blog Commenter July 12, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I hope Mr. Barczak can pull this off. I enjoyed the Rosebud Theater and will return when it opens. Also, thank for the kind offer Mr. Price, but I would be happy with an update regarding the recipients of last year's CDBG applications.
Mary DeBattista July 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Welcome back in advance!!!! I couldn't have been happier to see your message on the marquee! (And I was always comfortable and happy on the sofas...even for the lonnnnnng movies!)
Nolon Lawrence July 13, 2012 at 08:16 AM
This would only add to my excitement being back in town the past few months, but it was to my dismay to hear of the closures of these wonderful places. Looking forward to the future and hopefully the past :)
Jonathan Porter July 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This definitely made day. I can't wait to take my son to these theaters, just like my dad did with me. Unless I'm going to see LOTR, Batman, or something epic, I tend to darken the door of our local cinemas. Nothing beats seeing a Woody Allen movie at the Oriental, Abbot and Costello at the Times, or a documentary at Downer Theater. Plus, each place has infinitely better popcorn than their big box competitors.
Matt July 16, 2012 at 07:55 PM
This news just made my day! Jim, has there been any update on the status of the Avalon? Are things still happening?
BuckT July 20, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Good news! Can't wait to take my daughters there for their first movie experience!


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