Pabst Theater in downtown Milwaukee is one of several performance venues on the river. Pabst Theater is notable for being the fourth oldest continuously operating theater in the United States, first opening in 1895, and is the oldest of the theaters in the city's theater district. The Pabst Theater replaced the Das Neue Deutsche Stadt-Theater (The New German City Theater) that was destroyed by fire earlier that year. The opulent Pabster Theater, which was designed in German Renaissance that represents the German-American culture common in the area, is sometimes called the Grande Olde Lady because of its age. In the past, the Pabst Theater would show silent films that were accompanied by the theater's organ, which was crafted by M. P. Moller. The theater's early guests include actor Laurence Olivier and ballerina Anna Pavlova, and it currently puts on comedy and musical as acts such as OK Go, Righteous Brothers and Judas Priest. Buy Pabst Theater tickets for this historic venue at StubHub.
What is Pabster Theater's seating capacity?
The three floors of seating in the Pabst Theater accommodate up to 1,279 patrons. This includes several box seats on the second floor. The best seats in the house for Pabster Theater events are on the first floor or the center second floor.
Is the Pabst Theater handicap accessible?
Yes! There are four wheelchair accessible spots on the main floor: two each on the left and right and four on either side of the third-floor balcony. The Pabst Theater does not have handicap accessible seats available on the second-floor balcony.
Is the Pabst Theater accessible by public transportation?
Milwaukee has several bus routes that stop near the Pabst Theater on Wells street. Commuters traveling to Milwaukee from Chicago can take the Amtrak train and transfer at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station to a public bus. The theater and train station are less than one mile apart, making the trip walkable via multiple routes.
Does the Pabst Theater have onsite parking?
Although there is no onsite parking for the Pabst Theater, there are several parking structures in downtown Milwaukee that are just a few blocks away. The theater sells discounted parking passes for the Standard Parking Structure one block away at 330 E. Wells St. and will refund the voucher if parking spots are not available. Parking fees generally cost between $15 and $20 in Milwaukee's river district. However, drivers may be able to save a few dollars by parking several blocks away from the theater.
Is food and drink available during Pabst Theater events?
The theater has an on-site bar that offers drinks to patrons throughout Pabster Theater shows. However, the theater does not sell food or allow patrons to bring in their own. There are several restaurants near the Pabst Theater in the river districts.Back to Top
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