Gail Theater

101 W. State Street,
Mauston, WI 53948

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Gail Theater...Mauston Wisconsin
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tmsenzig on October 9, 2006 at 2:28 pm

The Gail Theatre was built in 1929 and was located at the east end of the property now occupied by the Hatch Public Library. It closed in the early 1980s when the building was reportedly condemned by the City of Mauston because the owner refused to make necessary repairs and improvements. The building was demolished in September 1993.

Another even older theatre in Mauston that predates the Gail and is not listed on this site was the Majestic. The Majestic was opened by A. G. Doer about 1910 and was located on the south side of State Street two buildings east of Division, but shortly thereafter the establishment was moved to a different building on the north side of State near Hickory. A two manual Link organ was installed at the Majestic in 1926 and the theatre closed in 1929 when the Gail was built.

tmsenzig on December 3, 2006 at 6:38 pm

Further research of old editions of the Mauston Star reveals that the Gail actually opened in 1930, and not in 1929 as I offered previously. The Majestic closed at the same time the Gail opened.

tmsenzig on July 11, 2009 at 11:36 am

LM, Thank you so much for posting that photo. I truly haven’t seen a good picture of that theatre since it was torn down in 1993! I think the marquee was gone several years before the theatre was demolished, though, but the vertical “Gail” sign was there right up until the end. Thank you again!

tmsenzig on July 11, 2009 at 11:39 am

I should add that the site of the former Gail theatre is one of several lots now occupied by the Hatch Public Library

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