Curtain Call: Wisconsin’s Theatres with History

If you can tear your eyes away from the stage, you might notice that sometimes, the real sight to see is the theatre itself. Wisconsin’s gorgeous theatres have stories as rich as the ones you see on stage. So hold on to your playbills, tuck away your ticket stubs and queue up a special presentation of some of Wisconsin’s best venues.

The Grand in New London
The Grand was actually once called The Grand Opera House. From its start in 1895, it featured theater, variety shows, vaudeville acts, and (you guessed it) opera. Now it’s a great place to kick back and catch a movie.

The Majestic Theatre in Madison
As Wisconsin’s oldest theater, The Majestic certainly lives up to its name. It opened December 15, 1906 as a vaudeville theater and has since featured silent films and the magic act of Harry Houdini. After a brief stint as a dance club, The Majestic is back to doing what it does best- bringing performing arts to the people of Madison. Check out the Majestic’s calendar for the latest shows.

Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo
When you say masterpiece theater, we think The AI. Ringling Theatre. It was designed in the style of grand French opera houses and features fine plasterwork, tasseled draperies, ceiling frescos, and much more. Take part in its history and take a tour or attend an upcoming event.

Pabst Theater in Milwaukee
The Pabst Theater was built in the style of European opera houses by brewing magnate, Captain Frederick Pabst, in 1895. Don’t let the Baroque interior, Austrian crystal chandelier, and white Italian Carrara marble staircase make you feel underdressed – The Pabst welcomes everyone for concerts and theater of every kind!

Is there more to Wisconsin’s historic theater story? Share your favorite place to see a show and this post might just have an act II.

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