Lake Theatre

117 E. Dwight Street,
Oscoda, MI 48750

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Lake Theater

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Opened in March 1950 seating 361. Shows first run attractions.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on April 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

The “Iasca” is also a misspelling. It was called the Iosco, as that’s the county that Oscoda is in.

Unless I’m conflating it with another theater, the Iosco was at 216 S. State St. The site is now a vacant lot, but it was a bookstore until the early 2000s.

TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on April 22, 2011 at 9:20 am

Also, the “Mini-Art” is listed in a 1971 phone book. A “Showcase Theater” is listed at the same address in 1976.

TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on April 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

The count of 361 comes from a movie theater worker who counted each seat because she was bored. It probably had slightly more seats at one point, but a few seats were removed to make handicap-accessible seating.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

What a nice looking little theatre.

TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on April 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Last I knew, this theater has a policy that they don’t show the movie unless more than 10 people show up. More than once, I’ve had to leave because not enough people showed up for them to show the movie!

Believe it or not, nobody AT ALL went here for Polar Express until they did a weekend matinee for school kids. That’s small town USA for you.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Where was I at when I was in the Business with ABC,PLITT and GCC,We showed movies even if one person came,Wasn’t that what the Theatre was for,“escape”?Get out of Business if you have to send people home.Sorry,Small town or not no excuse.

TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on April 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’m guessing it’s an expense thing in a smaller town. Plus, I don’t know if the rule is still in effect.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Hey, if it was a policy at GCC,ABC and Plitt I wish some District Manager would have told me,I just thought that was what we were in Business for to entertain a sometimes distressed Public.Even at 9:15 pm.

TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on May 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Also, it’s been repainted a mint green color since that 2008 picture.

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