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El Rancho Theater  

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

< 1924 - Sanborn Map shows "movies"

1927 - Sanborn Map sows "movies"

1929 - Jan 23 - The Culver Theatre opposite the depot was opened Saturday, Jan. 19, under the management of Ray Bager of Star City.

1935 - February 20 - The Palms, local moving picture theater, will open March 3 under the management of Evert Hoesel


Everett Hoesel this week sold the Palm Theatre in Culver to Seto Eaton of Elwood, Pa., who has taken possession. Mr. Hoesel, who was reared in Aubbeenaubbee township, has operated the theatre for the past four years. He will conduct an insurance agency in Culver . - The News-Sentinel, Thursday, March 16, 1939

An interesting note that durting the time era under the name Palm is that the west wall bore a painting of palm trees.


Culver , May 16. - The sale of the Palms Theatre by Evert Hoesel to Culver Theatres, Inc., has been verified by A. A. Henkel, of Chicago. The new owners operate several other theatres in the state, it is understood. Mr. Hoesel who formerly lived at Leiters Ford, had owned the theatre for several years, and for over a year had leased it to Mr. Henton, who will continue to act as manager for the new owners for a time.

Extensive remodeling will be started within a short time, and will include a new marquee, new front, ladies and mens restrooms, redecorate the interior, new carpets, lighting fixtures and structural changes to be made in keeping with high class theatres. Air contitioning will be installed, and all seats remodeled. The contract for the remodeling has been let to a firm that has had considerable experience in theatre work. [The News-Sentinel, Thursday, May 16, 1940]

1940 - 5 June - a completely remodeled theater, even including the name, will be opened to the public tonight when the former Palm Theatre makes its bow to the public as The El Rancho.
194_ - 1984    El Rancho - Evert & Sadie (Carter) Hoesel

1945 - September 5 - Evert Hoesel announces the sale of the El Rancho Theatre to Roger Powers of LaPorte. Mr. Hoesel plans to devote full time Co the insurance business

19945, Sep - 194_ - - Roger Powers

1947 - May 14 Evert Hoesel has leased the El Rancho Theatre from George Graf of LaPorte, taking over management May 9. He is installing a cooling. system for the comfort of the show-goers this Summer.

1953 - Nov 25 - Mr. and Mrs. Evert B. Hoesel, who have owned and operated Culver's El Rancho Theatre for the past 18 years [1935], today made the first announcement of the most important milestone in their business careers. Work will begin next week on the installation of a new wide motion picture screen and CinemaScope with stereophonic sound.

1954 - Jan. 27 - The El Rancho Theatre in Culver has the unique distinction of being the smallest theatre in the entire United States to install Cinemascope, according to the giant Radio Corporation of America. Work began a month ago to install, at a cost of $15,000, the new wall-to-w a l l screen and other equipment including 12 stereophonic sound horns placed throughout the house. "The Robe," in Cinemascope, is the initial offering to begin Jan. 29.

Sometime during the 1970's it briefly sold again to some big chain from South Bend promising big changes - but the sale olny last for about a year and the Hoesel's were again at the helm of theater; with the help of their son John Hoesel and his wife Gwen (Graham) Hoesel John & Gwen went on to manage a theater in Plymouth.

It was sold and became Lakeside Cinema, see 612 Lake Shore Dr.

2011- - The building is said to have sat idle for about the last 2 years (16 Oct 2013)

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