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Tour of the historic Al Ringling Theatre

Posted: Friday, June 20th, 2014 --- 5:45 p.m.

It's one of the jewels of Baraboo- the Al Ringling Theatre! It's almost 100 years old, built back in 1915 for just $100,000 dollars. "It's the center for performing arts in Baraboo," said Executive Director, Brian Heller.

And it's like nothing else; home to movies, plays, musicals and even local performances. A hub for the arts in the middle of Baraboo. "It was absolutely top notch, state of the art at the time. There was no finer theatre in terms of architecture, design or equipment anywhere in the country at that time," added Heller.

Many of the unique features still stand today. The theatre never having any major restoration work. From the magical centerpiece, to the antique paging system for doctors when they needed to see a patient in a hurry. "The doctors would have a letter code, and if their letter code flashed up; they would get out of their seat and take care of business," said Heller.

And behind the scenes- the history is still proudly displayed. Heller added, "this is the theatre's original light board from 1915." Paying tribute to the past, and the possibilities for the future. Heller added, "there's no other place like the Al Ringling Theatre."

Tours are offered every day at 1:30pm. To donate to the theatre, visit

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