Take a tour of the Ringling Theatre
June 5, 2012 by James
Renowned as “America’s Prettiest Playhouse,” Ringling Theatre was instrumental in directing the way today’s more lavish and modern theaters are being constructed. Today’s motion picture theaters are an example of this elegance and beauty. The Ringling Theatre has a proud heritage that dates back to the 1850s, with the small theater known as “Taylor Hall.” In the 1880s, residents were demanding an opera house and the “Commodious Place,” which seated 1,000 people, was built to meet the demand.
Fire destroyed this structure in 1905, which was followed by the city offering a magnificent $4,000, a very large sum at the time, but unfortunately no builders accepted the offer to build the new theater, even though several other small ones existed in the community. When it finally was built, the first movie was shown on November 12, 1987. This theatre has some fantastic architecture and guests will enjoy the guided tour through the building, the green room, and backstage, as well as the lovely grounds. These tours are offered from Memorial Day to Labour Day at 11:00 am. And guests will get to hear the Grand Barton theater organ play.
Brochure printing and banner printing may have been used to note the daily tours that take place at this elegant theater. For more information, please visit the Ringling Theatre website or call 608-356-8864 to arrange your tour. Admission is $5 per person.