Triangle Theater

W. Beloit Street and W. Brodhead Street,
Orfordville, WI 53576

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A monograph in the Orfordville library described this theater, which was in operation from at least 1900 through 1935. It was originally known as the Star Opera House, then Wee’s Opera House, and was sometimes used as a church. The name Triangle comes from the fact that it sat on a triangle of land formed by Beloit, Brodhead, and Clark Streets.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 22, 2012 at 5:50 am

According to Orfordville’s official web site, this theater was called the Star Opera House in 1900, when it was the site of an election held to determine whether or not Orfordville would incorporate as a village.

The June 10, 1905, issue of the Janesville Daily Gazette said that T. O. Wee had bought the Star Opera House and planned to make improvements to it.

The October 3, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World carried this notice: “Wee’s Opera House at Orfordville has installed a machine and will give picture shows.”

This article from the February 5, 2011, issue of the Gazette says that the old white brick building at Beloit and Brodhead Streets, now a store called Donna’s Gas & Grocery, has over the years served as an opera house, bus garage, and service station. Maybe the Triangle Theatre has not been demolished, although in Street View the current building looks too small to have ever housed a theater.

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