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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 [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-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 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.

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