Three Lakes Center For the Arts

1760 Superior Street,
Three Lakes, WI 54562

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Three Lakes Theatre exterior

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The 3 Lakes Theatre was one of the theaters originally built from a Quonset hut, and opened on June 12, 1949. It had a seating capacity of 346, all on a single floor. It ran continually until about 1973 – then closed.

It was turned into apartments and retail store. Now about 75% complete renovation – showing second run movies and planning full movie program in future – looking for older films on 35mm. It has an art gallery in front – concessions include wine and beer – located inside the theater itself. Have live performances as well. Opened again in June, 2009. The theatre was designed by famous baseball player, Fred (Cy) Williams

Contributed by Gary Appel

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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 10, 2009 at 6:43 am

When I lived in the greater Southampton (England) area, I was a volunteer at the Sarisbury Green Community Centre… which was a left-over Quanset hut from WW2. I believe Quanset and Nissan huts are alike but with different names.
Anyhow, this was at least one hundred feet long by fifty feet wide.
After the war they added a decent twenty foot deep stage with large wings. This is were my talents were developed as a stage hand during concerts, dances, bingo, plays and a few movies.
I had paid close attention to events when viewing live shows at Southampton’s (then) Gaumont Theatre, especially the correct use of curtains and specialty “mood” lighting.
I revisited my old stomping grounds in 2000 and was delighted to see the old hut is still operating. Ah, happy days!

johhns71
johhns71 on May 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I wish to contact either william or gary appel for additional information or photos of the three lakes theater and to update them on what is happening there

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