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Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall

The elegant “jewel box” theater can be rented for teleconferencing, meetings, seminars, new product introductions, commencements, plays, dance programs, film screenings or concerts, and provides conventional theater seating for 475 persons plus wheelchair locations.  A 16′ x 20′ cinema screen is available, as well as four lighting positions: balcony rail, box boom and two on-stage.  Two dressing rooms accommodate four persons each.


Vogel Hall Update:

Vogel Hall, one of Milwaukee’s most cherished spaces, is undergoing a major refurbishment and will soon be renamed, The Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall. Legendary artists like Tony Bennett and Art Garfunkel along with Milwaukee’s own Florentine Opera, John McGivern, Norman Moses, In Tandem Theater, and countless others have all earned rave reviews on the Vogel Hall stage. This elegant “jewel box” theater is treasured by Milwaukee’s most discriminating audiences.


The Challenge:

Vogel Hall boasts superb acoustics in a rich classic theater, and in 1999, the Marcus Center invested $200,000 to upgrade stage lighting and sound. However, in the 40 years since it opened, the theater itself has never been refurbished. Seating, flooring, lighting, and other surfaces are showing their years and the lobby of the theater is in need of modernization and expansion to accommodate the needs and comfort of today’s audiences.


The Solution:

In the summer of 2014 complete theater restoration will be undertaken. In 2015, the lobby will be expanded and transformed into a gorgeous atrium with a new Riverwalk entryway, a permanent bar will be installed, new restrooms will be added, and the entire theater will be more accessible to patrons of all abilities.  Meanwhile, all of the charm and elegance that has been loved by Vogel Hall audiences for decades will be painstakingly maintained.

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