Built in 1915 and restored in 2016, the Al. Ringling Theatre is a regional hub for a live performances, music and films. The theatre has been a cornerstone of the Baraboo community, as was intended by Mr. Ringling, known as "Al." to distinguish him from his brother Alfred.
Though he was born in McGregor, Iowa, Albrecht "Al." Ringling moved to Baraboo with his family at a young age. It was here that he and his four brothers built a circus empire from scratch. Today, the name Ringling is synonymous with circus and showmanship. Yet, Ringling was also a tireless promoter of Baraboo and is responsible for several of the city’s most enduring landmarks, including his mansion, the Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters, formerly known to locals as Ringlingville --- now Circus World --- and, of course, the theatre that bears his name. The Al. Ringling Theatre in particular, built as a gift to Baraboo, stands as a testimony to his affection to his adopted home town. The name of Ringling will always remain a cornerstone of the cultural heritage of this unique Midwestern city.
The Al. Ringling Friends purchased the historic theatre in 1989. Today, ART Friends carries on the Al. Ringling legacy, developing the facility as a premier cultural center offering diverse local, regional and national cultural programs. Follow us on Facebook and Instagrarm for updated event info, tours, and other happenings throughout the year!