The Pabst Theater

Milwaukee's Jewel Box - Est. 1895


The Pabst Theater was built in the late 1800’s by brewing magnate Captain Frederick Pabst. Designed by architect Otto Strack in the tradition of the great European opera houses, its opulent Baroque interior includes an Austrian crystal chandelier, a staircase crafted from white Italian Carrara marble, and a proscenium arch — highlighted in gold leaf — framing the stage. 

Today, The Pabst Theater is the centerpiece of Milwaukee’s downtown theater district...a magnificent example of architecture of another time and era that serves performers and audiences of the 21st century as it did at the turn of the 20th century.  

View Seating Chart & Stage Plan

Book up to 12 Months in Advance

1,339 Seating Capacity

Perfect for
• Corporate Meetings
• Graduations
• Photo Shoots
• Weddings up to 125 Guests
• Dance Competitions
• Private Dinners
• Movie Screenings


Event Gallery



In House Event Manager
The Event Manager manages the logistical aspects of your event, including vendor recommendations, event staffing, vendor drop off and pick up, and coordinating with our In House graphics team for event signage needs.

On-Site Technical Director
Our Tech Director will help set up and oversee all AV needs for the duration of your rental, including the facilitation of any equipment rentals, to ensure everything runs smoothly. An In House stage crew will be provided to administer In House sound and lighting operations.

On-Site Usher Staff
Our Event Ushers will greet guests upon arrival and direct patrons to the box office, bathrooms, and seating areas.

Connected Underground Parking
Paid, public parking is available in the Milwaukee Center below the theater complex. 

Unlimited Access During Rental Hours

Concert Quality Sound & Lighting

Bar Packages and Beverage Options

On-Site Catering Available

Professional Security

On-Site Dressing Rooms

Use of Pabst Pub Space Included




Available by Appointment

To schedule a walk through, please fill out the information in the form below and we will be in touch.

The Pabst Theater
144 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


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