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Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

205 Main Street East


The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater is a fully functional Victorian era theater with a year round performing arts season featuring nationally recognized artists.

Located on Main Street in historic downtown Menomonie, Wisconsin, the Mabel Tainter's performing arts season runs from October through May. A special holiday theatrical performance and a variety of summer programs are also offered. The Theater is also home to the Menomonie Theatre Guild, who present a season of three different shows.

The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a charter member of the League of Historic American Theatres and a designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site. The Mabel Tainter building includes a lavish 313-seat "crown jewel" Victorian theater and a historic reading room. It is a premier example of a restored vintage American theater.

The theater contains intricate hand-stenciling, hand carved white pine archways, rich walnut, mahogony, and oak woodwork, gleaming brass fixtures, leaded glass windows, and a rare working Steere and Turner tracker pipe organ with 1,597 pipes.


Marian Hart

Monday, June 11, 2018
This is a destination for theatre lovers. Ranked 15th best theatre in the United States. The amount of gorgeous design is an enormous surprise with fine art world class design. What a find if you appreciate architecture and Design

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Saturday, April 7, 2018
We went to an art show at the Mabel Tainter and ones of the board members came up and introduced herself. She gave us a brief history of the building and enthusiastically answered our questions. Beautiful building and welcoming people.

Cat Ellingson

Sunday, April 22, 2018
The theater is absolutely gorgeous! The tour was wonderful and insightful. Definitely a place to visit and check out.

Alyssa Thoms

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Antique and beautiful. Definitely a centerpoint to Menomonie. Has a couple stories, with restrooms accesable lower than the auditorium.

Odd Bunsen

Thursday, April 5, 2018
This is a really nice building that has good plays and musicals, and they have a small museum room that has info about the building and the Tainters. The molding and windows and things are also really nice.

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