326 E. Main Street,
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The Majestic Theatre opened in 1915. It was purchased in 1921 by Oscar Kelly. Three years later, Kelly had a new theatre constructed on Main Street, which he renamed the Badger Theatre. This 500-seat theater had a pipe organ, a 16 by 23 foot stage, and in addition to silent films, the Badger Theatre hosted plays and concerts. A small fire in 1927 at the theatre caused little damage due to the Badger Theatre’s fire-proof construction, which Kelly pointed out in the local paper after the fire.
During Oscar Kelly’s ownership, the Badger Theatre gained a lighted marquee, air-conditioning and was the first theatre in town to show sound films. After Kelly’s death in 1942, his wife and son took over the operation of the theatre. In 1948, new projection equipment was installed and the interior remodeled. During his election campaign in 1960, John F. Kennedy made a speech from the Badger Theatre’s stage.
In 1962, the Krueger family purchased the theatre, and seating was reduced to 400, and a new screen and curtain were installed. A decade later, the auditorium was completely remodeled. In 1994, a Dolby sound system was added.
The Badger Theatre today no longer operates as a movie house, became the RAZ Gallery of Fine Art, where art from area artisans is displayed and sold. Furthermore, the Badger Theatre hosted ocassional live theatrical productions and concerts. It became a bar named Burg in 2006 and in 2011 was the Good Times Bar.
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