Temple Theatre

116 S. Main Street,
Viroqua, WI 54665

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Copyright © 2011, Associates of the Restored Temple Theatre. All rights reserved.

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As part of the restoration of the Temple Theater, the old movie palace has begun the slow reconstruction of its original Wurlitzer organ. Built in 1922, the organ played along with the theater’s silent films and continued to be used in the old theater until 1938 when it was sold to the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.

When the restoration of the theater began in 1994, members of the Associates to Restore the Temple Theater retrieved the organ and brought it back to the Temple. Organ enthusiasts began to restore the organ earlier this year, taking it apart in anticipation of repairing and restoring the classic piece. The group are also members of the La Crosse Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society.

The theater today is now open.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Gregg on February 4, 2004 at 12:26 am

The web site for this theatre can be found at:

teecee on March 2, 2005 at 5:50 am

Nice expandable photos at this link:

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atmos on June 28, 2005 at 3:13 am

The architects were Parkinson and Dockendorff and it reopened in 2002.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 17, 2007 at 7:08 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

Masonic Temple Building (added 2000 – Building – #00001469)
116 S. Main St., Viroquoa
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Parkinson, A.E.,, Dockendorff, Bernard, et al.
Architectural Style: Classical Revival
Area of Significance: Social History, Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture, Social
Historic Sub-function: Meeting Hall, Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture, Social
Current Sub-function: Meeting Hall, Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 25, 2007 at 3:12 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 539 style 135A was installed in the Temple Theater on 4/26/1922.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Function should be changed to live performances.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

This was also known as the Fortney Theatre. Here is a 1981 photo.

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