Lake Theatre

Main Street,
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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Patsy
Patsy on June 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Thank you for this information about the Lake….wish it were still with us. As quaint a town as Canandaigua is it should have a quaint and orginal theatre like it once had!

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Estey_Struble_Theatrical on June 29, 2013 at 10:04 am

I have the plans for the remodeling of the Lake Theatre for the Schine Corp. Dated 8/7/1939. With Revisions shown dated 12/7/1939. Michael J. DeAngelis, Architect, 1600 Broadway, NYC, local office Temple Building, Rochester NY. The Lake Theatre building was owned by Mr. & Mrs. J.J. Soppe and Schine was the lessee according to the plans. The building was converted to a men’s clothing store after the theatre closed. The clothing store was Montesano’s and then became Dick Anthony Limited. Canandaigua National Bank was looking to expand the bank in the 1980’s and already owned the Lake building. They helped the clothing store to move to another location on lower Main Street and then demolished the Lake building and built a 3 story building matching the original 3 story building on the site in 1880. The buildings remain the main office for the bank. As a youngster in the 1960’s I remember my mother taking me there to shop and I remember all the art deco details in the store, the floor was leveled but all the interior of the theatre that was above the raised floor was visible. The entry was remodeled to add store windows. We acquired the plans when we cleaned out the Schine (then Country-Wide) Playhouse Theatre and found them in an office just before demolition by the same bank in the 1970’s.

Patsy
Patsy on January 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Hard to believe this theatre was closed in 1954. It should have never closed in this quaint lake village.

Patsy
Patsy on January 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm

If anyone knows…post what is at the former theatre main street location now. Thanks.

Patsy
Patsy on January 31, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I was in Canandaigua this past summer. Had I done my homework and realized that this town had a theatre designed by Michael DeAngelis I would have inquired about it and its location! A return trip is now in order!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 13, 2012 at 6:43 am

Was this ever actually called the New Theatre? I suspect not, since photos of the Lake Theatre were published in the trade press in June of 1941, the same year that it opened. If the “New” name came from a FDYB, I suspect that it was meant in the generic sense. The real name might not have been selected when the annual went to press.

Patsy
Patsy on January 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

Thanks again for this Boxoffice article with photos! Another theatre that should be with us!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

The June 21, 1941, issue of Boxoffice features two photos of the Lake Theatre on this page.

Patsy
Patsy on March 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Would love to see a photo of this theatre!

Patsy
Patsy on January 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

Joe: Thanks for the update on this one though I hope to visit Canandaigua in the Finger Lake Region of NYS this summer to see this former theatre. I wonder what the “business use” entails?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 17, 2010 at 1:57 am

The Lake had a fairly brief life as a theater. A 1949 anti-trust decree required the Schine circuit to divest a number of its theaters, and the Lake went to an independent operator in February, 1952. Schine retained control of its “A” house in Canandaigua, the Playhouse. The independent operator did not make a success of the Lake. The July 24, 1954, issue of Boxoffice reported that the theater was being converted for business use.

Patsy
Patsy on January 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Cinema Tour has this theatre listed, but no photo.

Patsy
Patsy on January 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I know a Schine theatre expert who should be able to give us more information on this theatre. She is also a CT member.