Welcome to Montello Theater, a timeless gem since 1859 (pre Lincoln Presidency) that stands apart from the crowd in more ways than one. In an era where entertainment costs seem to be soaring, we pride ourselves on being a sanctuary for budget-friendly and family-friendly experiences. Our commitment to keeping prices accessible has been unwavering since the day we took the reins of this historic movie theater.

While many theaters are adjusting their ticket and concession prices upward, Montello Theater remains steadfast with $5 tickets and some of the lowest concession prices in the state. This is a passion project for us and NOT about making money.

But we don’t stop there. At Montello Theater, we believe in giving back to those who have given so much to us. We decided to make ALL Veterans FREE admission FOREVER! Jen and Kerry (Owners) donated $500 of their personal funds to pay for the first 100 veterans. Others wanted to pay it forward and so we have an option below to pay it forward for veterans. Click the DONATE button below to pay it forward!*

* Donations first go to cover the cost of veterans. BUT if donations run out, Kerry and Jen intend to deposit another $500 and keep the project going forever. If we get more donations than veterans we hope to expand this initiative to be free for seniors forever. If for some reason there is an overage of donations beyond the demand for veteran tickets those funds would roll over and or go into our building fund to help maintain our building which dates back to 1859. Our goal is veterans will be free forever. We’re thrilled to announce our initiative to provide free tickets to veterans. These individuals have dedicated their lives to serving others, and it’s our turn to express our gratitude.

Our mission goes beyond just providing entertainment; it’s about fostering a sense of community and appreciation. If our donation-based system doesn’t cover the tickets, we’re more than willing to dig into our own pockets to ensure that these special members of our community get the chance to enjoy a show on us.

Since the moment we became stewards of this 160-year-old building, not a single penny has been taken by our family. Every cent earned from ticket sales and concessions goes directly into the preservation and enhancement of this historic theater. We are proud to be a part of this incredible community, and we want to show our appreciation by keeping the arts accessible to all.

Join us in our mission to pay it forward. Your support will not only help us maintain our budget-friendly prices but also enable us to continue providing complimentary tickets to those who have dedicated their lives to service. Let’s come together to celebrate the magic of Montello Theater and ensure it remains a beacon of affordability, community, and appreciation for generations to come.

Click the DONATE button below to pay it forward!


Montello Theater Makes Unprecedented Commitment: Honoring Veterans with Lifetime Free Movie Access

Montello, WI – In a groundbreaking move, Montello Theater, a cherished historical landmark since 1859 (before Lincoln was President), proudly announces an enduring tribute to our nation’s heroes: Veterans are granted free admission to all movies, forever. This unprecedented initiative underscores the theater’s dedication to giving back to those who have bravely served our country, ensuring that their sacrifices are honored and celebrated within the community.

QUICK VIDEO FROM OWNER: https://youtu.be/s_OnRqSIcEI

Amidst a landscape where the cost of entertainment is ever-increasing, Montello Theater remains a beacon of affordability, offering first-run movies at the country’s lowest ticket price of just $5. This initiative, driven by a passion for cinema and community rather than profit, sets Montello Theater apart as a haven for families, seniors, and especially our esteemed veterans.

A Salute to Service

Owners Kerry and Jen have personally contributed $500 of their own personal money to initiate this veteran appreciation program, covering the first 100 veteran tickets. This act of gratitude is a testament to their deep respect for the men and women who have served our country. In a heartfelt commitment to ensure that veterans can always enjoy a movie night at Montello Theater free of charge, Kerry and Jen invite patrons to join in this noble endeavor. Guests are encouraged to ‘pay it forward’ at our box office or online at www.MontelloTheater.com (by clicking on ‘Pay It Forward’). This opportunity allows our community to collectively contribute to the ongoing support of this program. The success of this initiative has inspired Kerry and Jen to consider expanding it further, potentially offering free admission to seniors for life, as a way to honor another respected group within our community.

Celebrating Families and Children

Highlighting its community-focused spirit, Montello Theater will also host a special event on March 9th for the premier screening of “Kung Fu Panda,” where the first 50 children will be treated to free admission and popcorn, making for an unforgettable family-friendly experience.

Dedication to Preservation and Community Values

Kerry and Jen’s stewardship of Montello Theater is marked by a profound commitment to the venue’s historical legacy and its role in the community. Every dollar spent on tickets and concessions is reinvested into maintaining and enhancing the 160-year-old structure, ensuring its continued status as a cultural and entertainment hub for Montello.

About Montello Theater

Nestled in the heart of Montello, WI, Montello Theater has been a cornerstone of entertainment and community life since 1859. 1000s of stories were told at Montello Theater before a single movie ever played.  It stands as a testament to the enduring power of cinema, offering a welcoming space for all to enjoy the magic of movies at unbeatable prices, with a special focus on honoring those who have served.

Media Invitation for Coverage and Interviews

We are eager to share this heartwarming story with a wider audience and are available for interviews to discuss this historic commitment to our veterans. We could potentially include a local veteran in the interview.  Montello Theater invites media representatives to be part of this living legacy, where every screening is a celebration of our veterans, community, and the timeless joy of cinema. We welcome the opportunity to share our journey and the impact of this initiative in more detail with your audience.

For further information, media inquiries, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Kerry and Jen Mann, Owners
Montello Theater
Email: kerry@montellotheater.com
Phone: 608-322-2329