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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts


51 Sheboygan Street



  • Group Rental Available
  • Public Meeting Rooms
  • Wi-Fi


Monday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 11am - 3pm

*Please check Visitor Information on web site home page for any changes to daily hours due to events.

About Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is a premier venue providing the community with unprecedented access to arts and entertainment, and a unique destination for weddings and corporate gatherings. Named for a woman with a classic style and an affinity for her community, this vital amenity is the cornerstone of the Arts and Entertainment District in downtown , Wisconsin.

A former Masonic Temple renovated and expanded in 2013 includes a new two-level art gallery that gives a nod to an exciting future and is the perfect backdrop for high-profile art exhibits. THELMA is an impressive feature in the heart of the city’s downtown with majestic pillars, a grand staircase, and the perfect blend of the historic and the modern. You will want to visit again and again whether it’s relaxing on the spacious outdoor plaza, watching a film, listening to an intimate concert in The Great Hall or attending a major concert in the street.

Available for private parties:
Capacity 80 comfortably
Catering must be from list of preferred caters
Bar available.

Rooms available (capacity in parenthesis)
Fountain City Room (200-250)
Great Hall (160-250)
Café 1906 (75)
Susan O. Ahren Contemporary Wing (2 levels; 75 per level)
The Plaza (150-200)
Grand Board Room (30)
Classroom (30)
Art Classroom (30)
South Meeting Room (15)
East Meeting Room (8)

Upcoming Events

Comic Book Creation: Designing Words and Letters

12 – 2PM
$15 per class (non-members) $15 per semester (with a THELMA Single Membership) $30 per semester (with a THELMA Family Membership)
51 Sheboygan Street

POW! ZAP! SPLAT! it’s time to get creative with our words. In this entertaining class students will learn how to draw words and letters in different styles to emphasis different expressions. We will explore how to use word and sound bubbles to create fun and exciting comics.
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Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club

7 pm – 9 pm
Tickets: $10 ($8 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Pay homage to Wisconsin’s supper club culture during a talk, film screening and Q&A session!

The bar opens at 6 pm. Red Cabin at Green Acres will have food samples to get the taste of a Wisconsin Supper Club! The night begins with Mary Bergin, author of Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook, talking about supper club cuisine. Then at 7 pm filmmaker Holly De Ruyter presents her documentary, Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club.

Travel to a place where the fish is fried, the steaks are cooked to perfection, and brandy is king. In Wisconsin, the unofficial home of the supper club, state residents are top consumers of brand and fish fry is a weekly religious event. Discover the origins of the supper club and explore the cultural and historical events that shaped supper club culture in the badger state. Listen in as current supper club owners and patrons discuss the institution’s past and imagine its future. Best viewed with an Old Fashioned in hand.

Meet Holly L. De Ruyter: Director / Editor / Producer

Holly is originally from Oneida, Wisconsin, just outside of Green Bay. She grew up eating cheese curds, watching documentaries on PBS, earning Girl Scout Badges, drinking kiddie cocktails at supper clubs, and catching large-mouth bass to mount on her bedroom wall.

Holly’s love for documentaries brought her to Chicago where she earned a degree from Columbia College in film and video concentrating in documentary production. While living there she realized how much she missed Wisconsin culture and lifestyle. In 2009 she decided to make a documentary exploring the one of her favorite aspects of that unique culture – Wisconsin supper clubs. It has been a long and challenging six years to make this documentary, but Holly is happy to be bringing the story of the Wisconsin supper club to the screen.

Holly currently lives in Madison with her husband Brian and her mounted large mouth bass from her youth.

Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook

The supper club is a tradition and now somewhat of a phenomenon found in the Upper Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. They are so retro that they are coming back in to vogue. Travel through the Badger State and discover what made these supper clubs and the iconic fare stand the test of time. With more than 60 recipes from 40 supper clubs, Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook will uncover the secrets to the food and the drinks that keep people coming back to these landmark eateries any time of the day.

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