April 11th marked the 75th anniversary of the Lake Theatre’s opening. It was designed by Thomas Lamb, prolific theatre architect perhaps better known for more flamboyant creations such as the San Francisco Fox and Loew’s 175th Street in New York. The Lake’s smart, moderne lines show very well how “architecture of fantasy” theatre architects quickly adapted designs to smaller cinemas featuring only movies when theatres we again being built in the late 1930s.
Willis and Shirley Johnson (long-time THS members) and their Classic Cinemas have been running the Lake, now with seven screens, for thirty years. Classic Cinemas is the largest independent movie theatre company in Illinois, with 13 locations and 99 screens. www.classiccinemas.com