The Bartell Theater

The original building which now houses the Bartell Theatre Foundation was a brick shell with three wooden floors, was built in 1906 by Frederick W. Kehl and was called the Colonial Hall, home of the Kehl Dance Academy. Shortly after opening, bowling alleys were installed in the first floor. The second floor held the Colonial Hall, a large meeting room in which dance recitals were held frequently as well as meeting of various community groups.

Photo Credit: The Bartell Theater Facebook Page.

Since this historic building has housed a shoe repair shop, several restaurants, a VFW post, barber shop, bars, and a movie theater.

After all of these changes, in 1994 the Bartell Theater found it’s current home. The Foundation currently supports six different local groups including Madison Ballet , Madison Theatre Guild , Mercury Players Theatre , StageQ , Strollers Theatre , and Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre (Krass) .

Credit: The Bartell Theater .

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