Mosinee Theatre

Mosinee, WI 54455

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MOSINEE Theatre; Mosinee, Wisconsin.

Operating since at least 1941, vintage photos indicate that the Mosinee Theatre was styled in Art Moderne design. Seems during the early-1950’s this movie house was embroiled in some sort of political controversy.
Know more? Then let’s hear it!

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 5, 2012 at 4:10 am

A 1977 book titled Woodlot and Ballot Box: Marathon County in the Twentieth Century, by Howard R. Klueter and James J. Lorence, says: “Mosinee’s only theater was built in 1923….” The Art Moderne style must have been the result of a later remodeling.

This was probably the house that was in the planning stage in 1922, according to an item in the March 25 issue of The American Contractor that year:

“Theater (m. p.): Mosinee, Wis. Archt. Oppenhamer & Obel, 408 Bellin bldg.. Green Bay, Wis. Owner John Keefe, Mosinee. Prob. be fig. bet. Mar. & May.”

The closest thing to a political controversy involving the Mosinee Theatre that I can find reference to on the Internet is a fake “Communist takeover” of the town that was staged by the American Legion in 1950. The stunt attracted enough national attention in those days when Wisconsin’s red-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy was riding high that Life Magazine ran this article about the event in its May 15, 1950, issue. The article includes a photo of the Mosinee Theatre.

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