Al. Ringling Appreciation Day
Concerts on the Square
June 25th | 7 pm
Relive the 1915 day when all of Baraboo came out to
recognize Al. Ringling and his gift of a majestic theatre,
then under construction. Bring your chair for Concerts
on the Square at 7pm. FREE EVENT
The Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, Wisconsin, opened its doors in November 1915 and has been operating continuously ever since.
Designed by the architectural firm Rapp and Rapp,
it was built by Albert Ringling, one of the circus
Ringling Brothers, for $100,000.
Over the years, it has featured performances from
vaudeville and silent movies to grand opera starring
such notables as Lionel Barrymore and Mary Pickford.
The design of the theater is based on the Orpheum Theatre, built
by Rapp and Rapp in Champaign, Illinois in 1914. The decor of the
auditorium is said to have derived from Ange-Jacques Gabriel's
opera house of 1763-1770 in the Palace of Versailles but
some believe it to be at least equally based on Victor Louis's
1764 Grand-Théâtre in Bordeaux.
Originally the theater had a Style 1 Wurlitzer theater
pipe organ. Later a 9 rank, 3 manual Barton with a
"circus wagon" style console replaced the Wurlitzer.
Al. Ringling Theatre
A gem in our midst
The Al. Ringling Theatre is a
501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
For information about
Al. Ringling Theatre programming,
operations and other activities,
please call the
administrative offices at 608-356-8864
OR e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Box Office Hours:
TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY:
Noon to 1:30pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm.
Al Ringling Theatre
136 4th Avenue
P.O. Box 381
Baraboo, WI 53913
We offer historic tours for groups by appointment anytime, featuring the Grand Barton theater organ. Beginning June 15, 2015, the theatre will go dark for restoration. All theatre tours will be suspended until the spring of 2016.