Temple Theatre

116 S. Main Street,
Viroqua, WI 54665

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Temple Theatre (Official)

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Architects: Bernard Dockendorff, A.E. Parkinson

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Classic)

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 608.606.2340

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Copyright © 2011, Associates of the Restored Temple Theatre. All rights reserved.

As part of the restoration of the Temple Theatre, the old movie palace has begun the slow reconstruction of its original Wurlitzer 3 manual organ. Opened with the theatre in July 1922, the organ played along with the theatre’s silent films and continued to be used in the old theatre until 1938 when it was sold to the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.

When the restoration of the theatre began in 1994, members of the Associates to Restore the Temple Theatre retrieved the organ and brought it back to the Temple Theatre. Organ enthusiasts began to restore the organ earlier this year, taking it apart in anticipation of repairing and restoring the classic piece. The group are also members of the La Crosse Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society.

The theatre today is now open presenting live performances and from April 2018 a digital projector and a screen have been installed to show Classic Movies.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Gregg on February 4, 2004 at 12:26 am

The web site for this theatre can be found at:

teecee on March 2, 2005 at 5:50 am

Nice expandable photos at this link:

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atmos on June 28, 2005 at 3:13 am

The architects were Parkinson and Dockendorff and it reopened in 2002.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Function should be changed to live performances.

Trolleyguy on March 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Updated website link: http://historictempletheatre.com/

unglaciated on April 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

The Temple Theatre has recently installed a new screen and projector, and movies have returned. The first film to be shown on the new screen was Citizen Kane.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 5, 2022 at 12:25 am

This item is from the July 29, 1922 issue of The Billboard: “The Temple Theater, Viroqua, Wis., was formally opened early this month and has been enjoying excellent patronage.”

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