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Pabst Theater

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Address: 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone Number: 414-286-3663
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12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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This is an incredibly beautiful and historic theatre. I enjoyed our visit for that alone. However, we were in one of the highest balcony seats and could barely see and hear the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Shorewood, Wisconsin
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Shorewood, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is an incredibly beautiful and historic theatre. I enjoyed our visit for that alone. However, we were in one of the highest balcony seats and could barely see and hear the actors because they were so far away. Fortunately, we were there for "A Christmas Story" so we knew the story. Splurge on the good seats and REALLY enjoy... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very old and ornamental theater unfortunately The seats are old and very skinny almost makes a person feel like a sardine in a can. The good thing is that all seats have a great view of stage and you can see Milwaukee's history in this one theater.

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Hartford, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Great place to see a live performance, beautiful facility. excellent seating, with every seat have a great view.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We love going to events at the Pabst. The aucoustics are AMAZING. It is also a very beautiful facility. If you are afraid of heights, though, stay away from the top section of seats.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The Pabst Theater is a fantastic venue and I recommend it highly. I was there to see Todd Rundgren with friends earlier this week and felt compelled to share this review as he will be on tour in other cities over the next few months. My friends and I have been Todd fans for thirty years and were so excited... More 

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Wadsworth, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The Pabst Theater & it's sister theater The Riverside are beautifully done and feature consistent big name artists. The main floor seats are roomy and have a nice view of the stage. We got last minute tickets to the balcony this week and we suggest you avoid that area. There is about 8" of leg room, so if you're taller... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Fun venue---convenient location--parking in the area is manageable...very pretty in winter- good restaurants in the area

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Toluca, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We saw Lewis Black at the Pabst this past October. His show is awesome and the theater is beautiful. Our seats were in the balcony but it looks like no matter where you sit, the view is good. We are from Illinois and at the time, this was the closest venue for Lewis Black. We are happy we made the... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Our first time to the Pabst Theater was in mid-December for A Christmas Carol. We weren't sure what to expect, but were delighted with the experience. The theater is obviously very old, but has been restored and is very well taken care of. The chandeliers may have been my favorite - they sparkle and provide a very dramatic effect. The... More 

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Brookfield, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Come for the entertainment. But savor the Venue! The Pabst Theater reminds me of a classic opera European opera house. The restored beauty of this facility should not be missed. Note however that the seats also reflect the classic small dimensions. We totally enjoyed the stand up comedy of Jim Gaffigan! This outstanding comic is also family friendly. Don't miss... More 

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Additional Information about Pabst Theater

Address: Address: 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone Number: 414-286-3663
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Monday 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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