Catch a show and a slice of local history at the Pabst Theater in downtown Milwaukee. The venue is not only a National Historic Landmark, but it’s also the largest theater in Milwaukee’s Theater District and the fourth oldest continually operating theater in the
country. Beer magnate Frederick Pabst built the Pabst Theater in 1895 as a German-style opera house. It is opulent both inside and out, and today the interior still boasts its most glamorous accessories, including a two-ton Austrian crystal chandelier over the auditorium, a staircase made from white Italian Carrera marble, and a proscenium arch framing the stage that is highlighted with gold leaf.
The Pabst Theater hosts more than 100 shows each year, so chances are good there’s something happening there at any given time. As one of the city’s largest indoor venues, shows at the Pabst can include everything from rock concerts and popular comedians, to operas and dance troupes.