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WWII photos circa 1945 show it as the Palace, with a blade sign and a small marquee.
Added another photo from ‘58. If you think it looked desolate in the first shot, it’s even more so in the snow.
Got the photo loaded – mods please correct the state (did Elkhart extend into OK in 1958 or is that more recent?). Same guy managed the Doric in midtown.
The manager in 1958 was Delbert Stewart, per an ad in that year’s Elkhart High School yearbook.
The second one is the Sands Drive-In – starting a page on it now.
Does anyone know the correct opening date? It had to have been 1965 at the latest, not 1975.
Four photos added from Chowchilla Union High School yearbooks.
Added clearer image of the 1941 photo plus close-up of ticket booth (admission 30 cents for adults, 10 cents for kids).
Marquee and “EARLE” sign can be seen in this shot from 1952:
March 6, 1951 photo here (zoom in):
The Lake briefly appears in the 1975 Jonathan Demme film Crazy Mama. The scene is set in 1958 and the marquee shows Vertigo and Man of the West. I’ve posted a composite image made from several frames since the shot panned down and across it.
Added a photo of the drive-in I took in the summer of 1980.
Opening night ad added to Photo section.
Sharp photo circa 1948; the vertical sign must have been a later addition:
Color shot of the marquee here:
Here’s a 1958 photo:
This theater just dodged a bullet – according to Lapeer’s fire chief,a fire that gutted some adjacent buildings caused minor smoke and water damage to the Pix:
Here’s a link to a blueprint for a 1934 upgrade on an unnamed theater in Whiteville, owned by A. F. Powell. Is this the same building?
Look for the 1957 Robert Altman movie The Delinquents on the MGM Movie Channel – it was made on location around Kansas City, and one scene was shot at the Crest Drive-in.
Property is going up for auction on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Info and photos here:
A friend and I went there when the interior was being auctioned off; he bought about 25 seats (to redo his homemade home theater) and I got the projection room clock. Everything in the theatre was in very good shape.
Live feed from Channel 9 says the theater is being used as a triage center.
There’s some good footage of the Toyo in the 1988 movie Aloha Summer.
Photo taken late 1945 here:
The top photo is a still capture from the 1954 Fred MacMurray/Kim Novak film Pushover, which aired a couple days ago on Turner Classic Movies – there was also a nice shot of the original marquee (which was totally different from the one in the ElectraWoman and DynaGirl episode).