Is it possible that a theater in the small town of Baraboo, Wisconsin, could have been the country's first great movie palace?
The exquisite theater, was built by circus impresario and local resident, Al Ringling, as a thank-you to the town that had always supported him. It was designed in 1915 by Chicago architects C.W. and George Rapp, and is a masterpiece in the style of the great French opera houses.
But at the time Baraboo had a population of less than a thousand.
Why was such an ornate theater erected in such an obscure location, and how has it stayed relevant throughout the years?
The History Detectives enlist the help of the Theatre Historical Society of America to solve the mystery of this grand edifice.
- Also with Elyse Luray Ronald McDonald Costume Is this the costume that helped serve up a billion Happy Meals?
- Also with Gwen Wright John Adams Book Was this book a gift from John Adams to his son?
- Related Investigation Railroad Station Is a disused depot the first railroad station in Texas?
- Also with Gwen Wright U.S.S. Thresher Do these documents disclose information about U.S. secret weapons in the Cold War?
- Related Investigation Grace Kelly Car Is this the car driven by an actress turned princess, which would give it a place in cinematic history?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 NC-4: First Across The Atlantic Is this piece of fabric a remnant from the first transatlantic flight?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.