The Highway 18 Outdoor Theater in Jefferson, Wisconsin has announced this summer will be its final season, but there is one way it could be saved.

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Highway 18 Outdoor Theater In Jefferson, WI Is Closing

Highway 18 Outdoor Theater in Jefferson is a go-to summer place for a lot of people in Southern Wisconsin, and after 70 seasons, this summer might be its last.

Kristy Renae via Facebook
Kristy Renae via Facebook

Lee Burgess, the owner of Highway 18 Outdoor Theater for the last 25 years, recently told WISN in Milwaukee;

I'm at the point now, I'm in my 70s," Burgess said. Nobody in my family wants to take over the business. I'm not going to live forever, it's time to begin the process of turning it over.

Burgess said that he plans to operate the theater for one more season, and if no one steps up to buy it and revamp it, it will close permanently at the end of 2024.

There is a message on the theater's website,, that says;

The Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre is now for sale.

Interested parties should contact:

Barry Luce;

Re/Max Commercial Realty



When Does Highway 18 Outdoor Theater Open For the Season?

Highway 18 Outdoor Theater will kick off its 2024 season this May (no specific date has been announced yet), and they show one movie a night.

Better put a visit to this outdoor theater on your summer to-do list now, it might be your last chance.

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