Cornell Theatre

214 Main Street,
Cornell, WI 54732

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 15, 2007 at 8:42 pm

This is a photo of the Cornell Theater. Its an odd looking building and I can’t tell if it dates back to the 1940s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 15, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Someone posted this review of the Cornell Theater. “…renovated in the last few years”. That could explain why it looks like two different buildings were joined together. I haven’t been able to find anything on the Gem Theater so far, but I did find a Gilman Theater in Gilman, Wisconsin. Do you feel like adding another theater? :)

Gilman Theater, now a church.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 16, 2007 at 12:28 am

According to the City of Cornell website, “The theatre is closed until further notice”. Google’s “Showtimes for Cornell, WI” link currently brings up only the Micon Cinemas in Chippewa Falls. Maybe they close the Cornell down during the sort of weather they’re having tonight:

PARTLY CLOUDY. SCATTERED FLURRIES AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWSAROUND 5 ABOVE. NORTH WINDS 5 MPH.
I certainly wouldn’t want to go out to a move on a night like that.

On the front page of the city’s website there’s a small historic photo of the main street, and most of the buildings look like they have had false fronts in the past, so the one on the theatre is not a rarity for the town. The white clapboard building behind the plastered front is typical of structures in old lumbering towns such as Cornell all the way from New England to the Pacific Northwest.

Incidentally, the town is named for Ezra Cornell, founder of Cornell University, who had extensive holdings in the area.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 13, 2008 at 6:39 am

Still nothing playing at the Cornell. Looks like this one is closed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 13, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Another assumption?

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on October 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Thanks, Joe Vogel, for connecting the theater’s (and town’s) name to the founder of Cornell U. In these deep dark days when the Great “D” word looms on the financial horizon, it’s worth noting that—after amassing a fortune from supplying the telegraph industry with lumber for poles and using much of his income to establish the university in upstate NY—Ezra Cornell lost his fortune by investing in wacky initiatives and died nearly penniless.

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