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Bill Stace at the controls at Walls Have Ears Studio. (PHOTO: Johnny Edward Marszalkowski/Facebook)

Miramar founder Bill Stace seeks support for new local music project

A few months after the landlord declined to renew his lease on the Miramar Theater and Walls Have Ears Studio above it, at 2844 N. Oakland Ave., Bill Stace, who opened and operated both those businesses in that former movie theater for 19 years, is seeking funding for another Milwaukee music project.

Before moving into the theater – which began life as a cinema in 1913 and after its closure was home to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and later hosted concerts as the Metropole – Stace, a drummer who had performed in bands like Dark Facade and Three On Fire, recorded Milwaukee bands in the basement of his house a few blocks down Oakland Avenue.

Now, he's sitting on decades' worth of local music history.

"I have hundreds of bands that I have recorded since 1982," says Stace, who is looking for a job after losing his lease on the Miramar on June 1. "I would like to remix and master them all."

Stace estimates the work would take about two years to complete. To do it, he would need to purchase some older technology to access the music on a variety of formats used over the years.

"Once this is underway, I would give them to a radio station or stations that support local music: WMSE or 88.9FM."

If you're interested in helping, or know someone who is, please email Bill Stace at

"I would like to thank everyone who supported Pam and me in all our endeavors at the Miramar to bring quality entertainment to Milwaukee," Stace wrote on Facebook.

"It has been a long road paved with gold and with rocks! We are proud of what we accomplished, and do not regret a thing. This summer has been a highly emotional and stressful time for us but we are staying positive, and are working hard to build our new future. Do not completely count us out of the entertainment business!"

According to Stace, the Miramar remains open under the management of Brew City Bass, which had been partnering with him.


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