Lake Theater

199 Canada Street,
Lake George, NY 12845

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Mid `60's photo courtesy of Bill Kelder.

The Lake Theater was a small movie house in the center of Lake George which was opened prior to 1941. For many years it was owned by Steven Quade, who also owned the Tahoe Resort Motel.

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists it as being a ‘Seasonal’ operation. In 1976 it became a live music venue presenting jazz.

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JakeGittes on July 3, 2005 at 4:42 am

I can’t recall the last time I was in Lake George, but do remember seeing “Frenzy” at The Lake sometime in the Summer of ‘72. The theatre was closed on subsequent visits. My guess is The Lake closed in the mid to late 70’s. After shuttering, the front/boxoffice area of theatre was used as a souvenuir(?) stand. Beautiful area, great stop for history buffs with location of Fort William Henry.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on July 30, 2007 at 2:37 pm

I was just passing through Lake George this weekend and it appeared to be a very lively tourist destination with a lot of options to entertain. Options include a restored Fort William Henry, various lake crusies, Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House, Dr. Frankenstein’s Wax Museum, Six Flag’s Great Escape and what appeared to be at least a dozen Fancy Miniature Golf Courses (the type you usually see down south). Nonetheless, I believe the sheer number of tourists in this area, many with families, could support at least one theater; even as a seasonal operation. I’m surprised that this town doesn’t have one.

JimmyB27 on August 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm

LuisV, no need for theaters in Lake George with Glenns Falls only a few miles away. I remember the Lake, saw PT 109 there. Somebody turned it into a bar back in the 80’s for a while, now they got rid of the facade and its a t-shirt shop.

DavidZornig on September 23, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Circa 1959 photo added, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. Color adjusted by Sándor Szentgyörgyi. Not the best quality, but the blade sign reading “Theatre” is in the center of the photo.

DavidZornig on March 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

Address is 199 Canada Street, based on the Village Emporium t-shirt shop now located in the building.

DavidZornig on November 19, 2018 at 8:45 am

The Lake Theatre became a live jazz venue in 1976. Line-up image added as well as a few more.

DavidZornig on November 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

Apparently demolished circa 97/98. Ron Barendse image added of foundations poured “at the former site of the Lake Theater”.

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