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Miller High Life Theatre

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Welcome to the Miller High Life Theatre, Milwaukee's most historic entertainment venue.

The Miller High Life Theatre, originally known as the Milwaukee Auditorium, was built in 1909. The architect was prolific Milwaukee-based Edward Townsend Mix and the original hall offered then-modern conveniences like electric lights and an elevator. Built in the Queen Anne-style, it featured a 175 feet high polygonal dome. The original entrance was where the annex between the Miller High Life Theatre and the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena is today. This is where Theodore Roosevelt gave his famous “it takes more than that to kill a bull moose” campaign speech after being shot nearby.

In 1994, the Wisconsin State Legislature created the Wisconsin Center District, a quasi-governmental body designed to own and operate three facilities in downtown Milwaukee which are now known as the Wisconsin Center, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, and the Miller High Life Theatre.

The theatre was extensively renovated from 2001-2003 before being renamed the Milwaukee Theatre, and later renamed the Miller High Life Theatre in 2017. The stage has been the site of legendary performances and speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Prince, and Michelle Obama as well as countless circuses, Broadway shows, sporting events, and conventions. The theatre is currently available for private events: https://wcd.org/book-your-event/

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