Al Ringling Theatre

136 Fourth Avenue,
Baraboo, WI 53913

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LouRugani on December 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Just for accuracy’s sake, officially the theatre’s name has a period after the name ‘Al’.

paulnelson on May 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

Incredible detail here. Classic.

LouisRugani on April 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm

(January 16, 1953) Two Baraboo Theaters Sold to New Milwaukee Company

The Al Ringling theater, “America’s Prettiest Playhouse” since 1915, has been sold with its sister theater, the Juliar, to a new Milwaukee corporation, Baraboo Theaters, Inc., by Henry E. Ringllng.
Purchase price for the theaters was announced at more than $150,000. The Al Ringling theater, when it was completed in 1915, cost $100,000.
The corporation which bought the theaters also operates theaters in Richland Center, Boscobel, Elroy, and Black River Falls. It is headed by Jacob Eskin, president of the Eskin Theater Management Co., Milwaukee.
The Al Ringling theater was built by Albert Ringling, an owner of the Ringling Brothers circus. It seats 834, and at the time it was built was one of the largest and finest theaters in a city of its size in the country.
The Juliar, a much smaller theater, was completed in 1938 by Henry E. Ringling, in memory of Mrs. Selome Juliar Ringling, mother of the Ringling brothers.
The Al Ringling theatre originally was built for legitimate theatre, or as an “opera house.” It was converted to a movie theater later. It is still used for area theatrical performances.
Famous actors who have visited the theater during the time it was an opera house include Lionel Barrymore and Charlotte Greenwood.
Henry E. Ringling, Wisconsin Republican national committeeman, was in Washington for the inauguration Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2008 at 9:11 am

And here is one from October.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 21, 2008 at 7:03 pm

This is an August 2008 photo.

Patsy on July 16, 2008 at 11:42 am

If ever there was a theatre entrance, this is it with the famous name high above…..Al Ringling! A must-see, in person, someday!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 16, 2008 at 11:28 am

Here is a nice photo from June 2008.

Patsy on March 24, 2008 at 5:44 am

Lost Memory: Your “another angle” photo is spectacular! Thanks for sharing…again!

ERD on March 23, 2008 at 9:14 am

What a beautiful theatre! I am glad it is being maintained so well.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2008 at 8:51 am

This is the Al Ringling Theater from another angle.

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Lost Memory on January 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Photos of the Al Ringling Theater can be seen here.

Patsy on December 11, 2007 at 9:36 am

Lost Memory: GREAT PHOTO!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 11, 2007 at 6:37 am

This is a nice recent close-up view of the Al Ringling Theater.

Patsy on December 6, 2007 at 11:42 am

Lost Memory: What a wonderful evening photo of a wonderful theatre with a wonderful name…Ringling. BTW, the Ringling home and grounds in Sarasota FL are a must-see!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 6, 2007 at 10:38 am

Here is the Al Ringling Theater at night.

PaulWolter on August 19, 2007 at 7:50 pm

There is a gorgeous new full color souvenir book for the theatre available. Contact information for the theatre is at

PaulWolter on August 5, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Some papers concerning the Al. Ringling Theatre recently uncovered include a statement of cost from C.W. and Geo. L. Rapp to Al. Ringling. The theatre cost $100,422.79 including all of the extras (like the organ) and the architects' traveling expenses.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2007 at 10:07 am

Here is another postcard view of the Al Ringling Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 15, 2007 at 7:13 am

To the best of my knowledge, I’m not related to the famous Rapp family. You can find some of the theaters designed by Rapp and Rapp by going to the top of this page and clicking on “Rapp & Rapp” next to the word “Firm”.

PaulWolter on April 14, 2007 at 5:03 pm

Dear “Lost Memory”

Are you related to the Rapps? Do you have a list of early Rapp and Rapp theatres? I would like to hear from you.

Thanks Paul Wolter