Pabst Theater Group to move corporate offices to the Empire Building

The Empire Building at 710 N. Plankinton Ave. is home to the Riverside Theater and Pabst Theater Group's new corporate offices.

Last updated on September 15th, 2021 at 12:52 pm

The Pabst Theater Group will move its administrative offices to the Empire Building in downtown Milwaukee this fall. 

The group’s new office is on the ninth floor of the 14-story building, located at 710 N. Plankinton Ave. and home to the group’s Riverside Theater. Private offices and group work stations will accommodate a mix of full- and part-time employees across all departments. Staff will relocate to the new office in early October, according to a news release Tuesday. 

Since The Pabst Theater Group formed in 2002, staff has worked from “cramped and disjointed” office spaces spread across its four downtown theater locations, said Gary Witt, president and CEO of The Pabst Theater Group, which employs a total of 350 full and part-time staff.

“This move will benefit the productivity of our business while also giving our employees the opportunity to reconnect and reenergize,” said Witt. “Everything about how everyone works has changed since the pandemic. This was the right time, and an important time, for our team to make this move.”

Amenities in the new office include a kitchen, entertainment space with a full bar and arcade games, and a fitness room with a variety of exercise equipment.

In addition to the Riverside Theater, the Empire Building’s first-floor retail tenants include Mo’s – A Place for Steaks, Subway, Uhle’s Tobacco Co. and Stir Martini Bar. The building is owned by Milwaukee-based Zilber Property Group

Jim Borris, president of Zilber, Ltd., said the firm is excited to have The Pabst Theater Group take over more of the building.

“We’re pleased to provide them with a space that will better support their impactful work in Milwaukee’s arts and entertainment community,” he said.

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Maredithe Meyer covers restaurants, retail, tourism, and sports and entertainment. She joined BizTimes in 2015, previously as an intern reporter. She earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University in 2017. When she's not on the job, Maredithe coaches field hockey and loves exploring her favorite city on earth, Milwaukee.

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