Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Park Avenue,
South Lake Tahoe,
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Located in the town of Bijou (later renamed South Lake Tahoe). The 450-seat Lakeside Theatre was a South Shore Lake Tahoe Quonset Hut style theatre, with a wooden rustic style façade. It was owned and operated by local Judge Rudy Buchanan and wife Jeannie since opening in June 1948.
Major movies played there in the summertime months before they would “premiere” in Hollywood … how/why I don’t know (this fact applied also to the Tahoe Drive-In in the early-1950’s. Perhaps the summertime Tahoe tourism was a test market).
The original Lakeside Quonset Hut style building collapsed under heavy snow in 1962; the Buchanan’s then opened a beautiful new Lakeside Theatre in 1963 which included their new home living quarters, upstairs adjacent to the projection booth!
The Buchanan’s passed away and new owners divided the lovely auditorium into an automated four-plex. About 2000, it was demolished and replaced by retail businesses, starting with Office Depot.
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