Blaine Theatre

102 E. Oak Street,
Boscobel, WI 53801

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2018 at 5:34 pm

The Blaine Theatre was designed by local architect Joseph G. Durrant. Durrant established his practice in Boscobel in 1933, and the Blaine was one of two theater/community center projects he designed the following year, the other being at Montfort, Wisconsin. The Montfort building has been (insensitively) remodeled and its Fort Theatre converted into a post office, but the only desecration at Boscobel is a bland addition to the community center building.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

proudlion: The 1929 Film Daily Yearbook shows a Strand Theatre in Boscobel.

proudlion on April 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Lost Memory, thanks for posting that picture!

I would still be interested in obtaining information about a theater in Boscobel prior to 1934-35.

Thanks again

proudlion on May 23, 2006 at 7:10 am

This information indicates that the Blaine was built in 1934-35. Does anyone know if there was a movie theatre in Boscobel, WI prior to this?

Thank you

WPilgreen on July 23, 2005 at 9:37 pm

The Blaine Theatre is half of Boscobel’s Blaine Community Building; the other portion is a gymnasium, also used for public events. The theater is operated by a contractor under a long-term lease. The Blaine was built in 1934-35, from a moderne-influenced design by Nerlinger and Durrant, with funding from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration.

Both parts of the buidling were named for Boscobel’s best-known resident, former Senator (and two-term governor) John J. Blaine, who had died in April 1934.