El Rancho Theater
612 Lakeshore Dr.
1908 - Appears to be empty lot
|1922 - Appears to be empty lot
League of Historic American Theaters, states:
Lakeside Cinema /El Rancho Theatre
Built: 1922 Seats: 299
||1924 - Sanborn Map shows "movies"|
|1937 - Sanborn Map shows "movies"
1940 - 5 June - a completely remodeled theater, even including the name, will be opened to the public tonight when the former
Palm Theater 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.
1951 - Dec 19 - The New picture theatre called "Culver Theater will open on Christmas Eve.
1953 - Nov 25 - Mr. and Mrs. Evert B. Hoesel, who have owned and operated Culver's El Rancho Theatre for
the past 18 years , 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-wall 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
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.
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