311 E. Grand Avenue,
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This downtown Eau Claire theatre opened on November 23, 1925 as the Wisconsin Theatre, located on Grand Avenue at Barstow Street. The opening program included the feature movie “California Straight Ahead” starring Reginald Denny. Organist Stanley Anstett opened the Smith organ. It was remodeled in 1938 to the plans of architectural firm Liebenberg & Kaplan and on December 25, 1938 the Wisconsin Theatre was renamed the Badger Theatre and was taken over by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary John Friedl. It continued to operate until 1957. The theatre was torn down in 1966.
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