Montello Theatre

30 E. Montello Street,
Montello, WI 53949

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Functions: Movies (Family), Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Opera House, Dodge's Opea House

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 608.322.2329

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Montello Theatre

Small town Wisconsin theatre in a village of only 1,400. The 250-seat Opera House was built by 1878. By 1936 it had been renamed Montello Theatre. It is on the main drag in a resort community, across the street from a scenic waterfall which was built into an old quarry.

Very funky in appearance, the building looks to have been a church in a previous incarnation. It is a narrow, one story frame structure, with a false front which has pseudo columns framing the entrance. On the sides of auditorium are tall blocked-off window openings, which give it the churchly appearance.

Family fare is what’s screened here. New owners took over in August 2022 and renovations are taking place. It reopened on September 16, 2022.

Contributed by Trolleyguy

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

kencmcintyre on July 20, 2008 at 3:21 am

Here is some Montello propaganda:

LouRugani on April 6, 2019 at 1:08 am

“Take in an old movie. The obvious benefit to Montello is the old movie theater. Old meaning vintage, it is slightly quirky in a fun way, no high resolution screen, no balcony or surround sound, yet it works. The comfy burgundy colored leather seats are framed by slightly worn yet still black, wrought iron. Two aisles divide the 1960s space making it friendly. Be forewarned that the theater has one show time daily and only one movie per week, on the plus side you won’t be able to argue on what movie to see. The movie selection is always a popular one. We saw da Vinci Code. The snack prices are great. Imagine paying $1.00 for popcorn! And the movie ticket was only $3.00, making it very affordable teens or families. The theatre is located on the main street near the red granite water falls which makes it hard to miss.” – from a tourist publication

Trolleyguy on August 17, 2022 at 4:01 pm

New owners are taking over and will be making renovations. More information on the updated website here: Montello

Trolleyguy on September 11, 2022 at 3:35 pm

Just posted an early picture of the building as an opera house.

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