612 Lakeshore Dr.
1908 - Appears to be empty lot
||1922 - Appears to be empty lot|
There is mention of the theater re-opening in 1923 could this be the location?
League of Historic American Theaters, states:
Lakeside Cinema /El Rancho Theatre
Built: 1922 Seats: 299
1921 - Dec. 21 The management of the Culver Theatre has announced that Mary Pickford' s
latest picture, "Through the Back Door," has been chosen for opening night
1922 - Jun 21 - Micheal Yesh, formerly proprietor of the Culver Theater is now in Gary
1922 - Sep 13 - Mr Hayes authorizes the statment that he has no connection with the
management of the Culver Theater which he has lease to Will and Florence Listneberger
1923 - Mar 24 - Culver Theater Reopens - Culver Theater will reopen, under the
management of Lymand Bolen of Knox, on March 17
1923 - September 19 - I. D. Howard announces the opening of the Culver Theatre with
Mary Pickford in "Tess of the Storm Country."
|| 1924 - Sanborn Map shows "movies"|
1924 - jan. 30 - Closes Home Theater
Link Turns His Attention to the Culver Theater
The Home Theater will be Dark for the comming month at least for Billy Link has closed it doors
and has decided to run his shows in the Culver Theater locared neat the depot. Mr. Links lease
does not run out on the Home Theater until the first of March, so it will probably remain darkend
for at least that amount of time.
Mr. Link Expects to show the same high class pictures in the Culver Theater that has been shown
at the Home Theater. In addition, hexpects to put on road shows from time to time.
The greated trouble with the Culver Theatre was that it could no be kept warm. However, Mr.
Link had over come that handicap by putting in a partion just inside of the main doors which does
not allow the cold air in the main part of the theater.
The new location also enables him to have a larger crowd since the seating capacity is much larger.
1924 - Nov. 24 - Billy Link, manager of the Culver Theatre, has announced that
he will begin Monday morning to tear out the two rear rows of seats in his theatre to
allow thebuilding of a lobby room. He states that this will help the heating problem for
his biuilding besides making a nice place for the male patrons to smoke and chat betwen acts.
He plans to ,ake the room neat and attractive.
1925 Jan 7 - Culver Theater Closed For a Short Period - Announcement was made last Sunday night that the
Culver Theater would be closed for a short period of time. Manager Billy Link was not sure just
how long the doors would be shut but it was thought that it would not be for long. At present Mr.
Link is runninga theater at Plymouth which is commanding a good patronage.
1925 - jan. 14 - CUlver Theatre Taken Over By Argos Man
Neil Thompson, experienced show man from Argos, has made
arrangements with the owners of The Culver Theater and will begin to operate
it Sunday night
Thompson has been showing a splendid quality of shows in Argos. Yhe Gordon
players wil be in the theatre each Tuesday night, it is thought by Mr. Thompson
1925 - Jan 16 - Opens Culver Theater
Billy Link will Bring Grand Players Here for Opener
Billy Link has rented the Culver Theater for a time and will put on some high class vaudville for the
community. The Grandi Players will open the house next Monday and remain here for the entire
The Granid Players are considered one of the beat road shows available. They played in Plymouth
last week and scored a success. The week they are playing in Knos and are attracting large crowds.
There are eleven people in the group and they are fully equipped with the best in the way of
costumes and scenery. They carry their own musi and it is also very good
Mr. Link Belives that the people of Culver desire the very best in the way of entertainment and for
that resaon is going to the expense that he is for these entertainments. He promises to bring
other good attractions for the future.
|1925 - Aug 12 - An ad stating the Culver Thear under new management of Billy Link
and George Buffington
1925 - Dec. 16 - Geo. V. Buffington, Manager.
| An ad stating location "Opposite R.R. Station" 15 Sep 1926
1926 - Nov. 10 - CUlver Theatre Opened Satuurday By V J. Meranda - - V. J. Meranda launched out in the
theater-manager world Satuday night when he opened the Culver Theater in the east end of town.
Meranda had a very good crowd his opening night, it is said, and is looking forward to a nice business
||A ad of Feb 16 1927 - Stating Culver Theater - Across from the Deopt|
1928 - Aug 8 - an ad claims under new Management but no name stated -
1929 - Jan 23 - Star City Man Opened Culver Theatre, Sat. - The Culver Theatre opposite the depot
was opened Saturday, January 19, under the management of Ray Bager of Star City. Mr. Badger is an
experienced show man and promises to give the best of ictures here. He has installed a new screen,
improved lighting for the progector and remodeled the heating plant.
|1937 - Sanborn Map shows "movies"
It became "The Palms" and then the El Rancho Theater
612 Lakeshore drive
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