The Historic Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie

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The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater is a fully functional Victorian era theater with a year round performing arts season featuring nationally recognized artists.

Located on Main Street in historic downtown Menomonie, Wisconsin, the Mabel Tainter’s performing arts season runs from October through May. A special holiday theatrical performance and a variety of summer programs are also offered. The Theater is also home to the Menomonie Theatre Guild, who present a season of three different shows.
The theater contains intricate hand-stenciling, hand carved white pine archways, rich walnut, mahogony, and oak woodwork, gleaming brass fixtures, leaded glass windows, and a rare working Steere and Turner tracker pipe organ with 1,597 pipes.The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a charter member of the League of Historic American Theatres and a designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site. The Mabel Tainter building includes a lavish 313-seat “crown jewel” Victorian theater and a historic reading room. It is a premier example of a restored vintage American theater.

The theater contains many other amenities. Originally the Reading Room was part of the Menomonie Public Library. Since the Public Library moved in 1986, the Reading Room continues to serve the public with a number of local and regional newspapers and magazines.

The Reading Room also serves as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway Information site. There are many brochures available on Laura Ingalls Wilder, her home sites and the Historic Highway. In addition, there are Laura Ingalls Wilder books, postcards and other related merchandise.


Via The Historic Mabel Tainter Theater.

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