Lake Theatre

28 E. Superior Street,
Duluth, MN 55802

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The Lake Theater was a small downtown theatre that opened in 1935. Seating listed at 245.

The theatre closed in 1950 and is used for retail. Any further information on the Lake Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

The Lake Theatre was located in one of the store fronts of the Hayes Building, which was originally owned by Rutherford B. Hayes. As told on this web page about Duluth’s smaller movie theaters, the space was occupied by a theater called the Savoy during the silent era. The house reopened as the Lake Theatre from 1935 to 1950, and then became the World Theatre until 1956.

The Hayes Building and the adjacent Weiland Building have been renovated as part of a mixed-use project covering almost a full block of downtown Duluth, but I’m not sure how much of the original structures remain. This web page describes the extent of the project. It sounds like the original walls are intact, but that the interior of the building has been largely rebuilt. There is probably no trace of the theater remaining.

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