Mabel Tainter Memorial, Menomonie, Wisconsin

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
205 Main Street East
Menomonie, Wisconsin

“If this tiny theatre is anything to go by, bigger certainly doesn’t mean better.”–CNN Travel

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From back of postcard:
“It was Harvey Ellis, a little known architectural genius of the late 1880’s, who deftly turned a small spot of backwoods Wisconsin into a gem of Moorish splendor.

“Overlooking the warm grandeur of the intimate Mabel Tainter Memorial Theatre is a bust of donor Captain Andrew Tainter. The Tainters bequeathed the multipurpose building, which houses the theater, to the city of Menomonie in the memory of their daughter Mabel, who tragically died at the age of 20. Faithful restoration of the auditorium to its original elegance was completed in 1970 through the guidance of the Mabel Tainter Preservation Association.” 

Mabel Tainter


Dunn County Historical Society

Wisconsin Historical Society

Postcard part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Private walks also available.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition




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