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
1944 - Jan 26 - Corn Popper Starts Fire - An over heated corn popper started a fire in the lobby
of the El Rancho theatre shortly afternoon SUnday. Damafe was limited to the popper machine
and a part of the front wall. The matinee was held as usual that afternoon.
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
1945, Sep - 194_ - - Roger Powers
1946 - Aug. 28 - Fire of unknown origin
damaged the El Rancho Theater Monday with an estimated damage of $20,000. Roger Powers, manager, stated
that the show will be closed about three months for repairs
1946 - Nov. 13 - The rebuilding og the El Rancho Theatre, badly damaged by fire Aug. 25, has been completed
and the grand opening will be held Thursday evening of this week
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.
1959 - Sep. 20 - Hoesel Says He Will Close Movie If FLoods Persist
Scores Marroned After Downpour
Following Satruday night's deluge Evert B. Hoesel, owner and operator of the El Rancho Theater, told the Citizen that
he will close his motion picture show unless something is done immediately by town officials to alleviate the flood
situation along Lake Shore Drive across from the park and the Pennsylvania station every time we have a heavy rain.
The EL Rancho was packed when the rains came and nobody could get out of the theatre after the show because -
as usual - the sidewalk and street were inundated making walking and access to automobiles impossible
A repeat performance of the flooded area took place ealry Monday night when another cloud burst hit Culver
Mr. Hoesel was still burned up when we went to press today and again stated that Culver will be movie-less unless
somebody gets on the ball and solves the drainage problem in his business neighorhood without further delay.
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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