Vogue Theatre

Main Street,
Arcadia, WI 54612

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VOGUE Theatre; Arcadia, Wisconsin.

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The Vogue Theatre was operating prior to 1941, and Donald “Red” LeGros purchased this theater in 1971. He later moved to Wisconsin Dells and acquired the Chalet Theatre, as well as the Dells Drive-In, formerly known as the Winnebago Drive-In. He later changed the name of the Dells to the Big Sky, which is listed here on Cinema Treasures. Try the Big Mama Burger.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm

The style could be considered art deco.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm

There is a reference to Arcadia’s Vogue Theater in the Winona (MN) Daily News in October 1957, which would make the 1971 opening date incorrect.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Here is an August 1954 article from the Winona Daily News:

ARCADIA, Wis. (Special) â€" Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Rolbiecki, owners of the Vogue Theater here for the past 13 years, have sold the theater to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Leland of Arcadia. The sale included the theater building, equipment and the residence adjoining the theater. The new owners will take possession September 15.

The Lelands will establish an insurance office at their residence next to the theater after taking possession. Rolbiecki will remain here a short time to instruct the Lelands in theater operations. He and his family plan an extended motor trip to the south to visit relatives on the west coast.

Rolbiecki came to Arcadia in 1941 from Winona after purchasing the Vogue Theater from Nels Anderson of Chippewa Falls. Ernest West operated the theater for a short time before Rolbiecki purchased it. Opening date was July 11, 1941 and he has operated the business since.

Rolbiecki retires after 41 years in the business. He and his father were associated in four Winona theaters until 1937. These were the Dream Theater on East 3rd street which was sold to the Winona Theater Co. in 1919; the Strand, in a building now occupied by Spurgeon’s Store; the Liberty, on East 5th street, and the Broadway on East Broadway which they built and operated for 18 years before selling to the Winona Theater Co. in June 1937.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Going back to the Big Sky Drive-In site, it says LeGros bought the Vogue in 1971, so that should be corrected in the introduction, as opposed to opened in 1971. Not sure about the Front Street/Main Street issue, though. Maybe they were intersecting streets.

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