Blaine Theatre

102 E. Oak Street,
Boscobel, WI 53801

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Blaine Theatre

Opened in 1934, this small town single screen theatre has two shows daily. Located on E. Oak Street and Park Street.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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WPilgreen
WPilgreen on July 24, 2005 at 12:37 am

The Blaine Theatre is half of Boscobel’s Blaine Community Building; the other portion is a gymnasium, also used for public events. The theater is operated by a contractor under a long-term lease. The Blaine was built in 1934-35, from a moderne-influenced design by Nerlinger and Durrant, with funding from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration.

Both parts of the buidling were named for Boscobel’s best-known resident, former Senator (and two-term governor) John J. Blaine, who had died in April 1934.

proudlion
proudlion on May 23, 2006 at 10:10 am

This information indicates that the Blaine was built in 1934-35. Does anyone know if there was a movie theatre in Boscobel, WI prior to this?

Thank you

proudlion
proudlion on April 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Lost Memory, thanks for posting that picture!

I would still be interested in obtaining information about a theater in Boscobel prior to 1934-35.

Thanks again

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

proudlion: The 1929 Film Daily Yearbook shows a Strand Theatre in Boscobel.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2018 at 8:34 pm

The Blaine Theatre was designed by local architect Joseph G. Durrant. Durrant established his practice in Boscobel in 1933, and the Blaine was one of two theater/community center projects he designed the following year, the other being at Montfort, Wisconsin. The Montfort building has been (insensitively) remodeled and its Fort Theatre converted into a post office, but the only desecration at Boscobel is a bland addition to the community center building.

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