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 Ranscho 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
HOESEL SELLS SHOW
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
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.
EVERT HOESEL SELLS THEATRE AT Culver
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]
19__ 194_ Roger Powers
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
1947 - May 14 — Evert Hoesel has leased the ElRancho 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, 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.
1984 April 1996 - lakeside cinema - James A. "Jim"
& Pamela S. Baker
Dawn Crise joined them in managership of the theater - and some updating of the lobby, restrooms was done along with adding
a couple of arcade games to the lobby. Movie tickets were a dollar.
4 April 1996-21 March 2007 - Lakeside Cinema - - Hand-Sum Corporation Franklin C. "Frank" & Donna M. Stealy
31 March 2007 - 2013 Hand-Sum Corporation / Uptown Cinema
- Dan Bickel
Further improvements of removal of the stage and replacements of seat occured. Also was insituted the "Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival"
2011- - The building is said to have sat idle for about the last 2 years (16 Oct 2013)
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