Rich Memories, Rich Histories
The Meyer Theatre’s story began on Valentine’s Day 1930 when it opened as one of the many Fox Theatres blossoming around the country. Fox Theatres Inc. spared no expense creating the lavishly-equipped vaudeville house and movie palace. The company was forced into bankruptcy in 1933, but the theatre survived and was operated as the Bay Theatre until 1998.
Some of the performers who have graced the stage over the years include Lawrence Welk, Liberace, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash. But most memorable to Green Bay residents are the life events that have taken place here. Whether it’s a stolen kiss in the balcony, sing-alongs at intermission or graduation from high school, it happened at the Meyer Theatre.
The theatre is an eclectic blend of colors and styles that can best be defined as Spanish Atmospheric. Heavily textured plaster, decorative columns with gold leaf, intricate painted designs and statues adorn the building.
In it’s conversion to a triplex cinema, much of the décor of the theatre was hidden or lost. The restoration meant uncovering what was originally there and carefully recreating those things destroyed. A major task was returning the midnight blue sky and installing the fiber optic lighting to give the illusion of stars overhead.