Lakewood Theatre

1825 Abrams Parkway,
Dallas, TX 75214

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Lakewood Theater ad, February 23, 1962

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The Lakewood Theatre is one of North Texas' most unique and exciting entertainment and event venues.

The theater is a fully restored Art Deco style movie palace that was built in 1938. Today, the theater is home to movies, concerts, plays, festivals, premieres, and community events.

Contributed by Keith Mckeague

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

MPol on May 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Wow!! Love that Marquee, and the interior!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 28, 2009 at 12:17 am

I know the official website for the Lakewood attributes the design of the theater to John Eberson, but I think they are mistaken. The February 4, 1939, issue of Boxoffice has an article about the Lakewood saying that it was designed by Dallas architect H.F. Pettigrew. One of the theater’s decorations even graced the cover of that issue of the magazine’s The Modern Theatre section, and the description of it on another page also attributes the Lakewood to Pettigrew.

I doubt that Boxoffice would have gotten the name of the architect of a recently-built theater wrong in one of its major articles. John Eberson is not mentioned in connection with the Lakewood in this article or any other article I can find in Boxoffice.

As a rule, I tend to trust print sources more than web sites, and period print sources way more than web sites. In this case I’m especially inclined to believe Boxoffice rather than the theater’s web site, as this theater was built by Interstate, and Pettigrew & Worley were practically Interstate’s house architects during the 1930s and 1940s. It would have been very uncharacteristic of the circuit to hire a New York architect for this one theater when their other projects during the period were being designed by Pettigrew & Worley.

TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Cool photos Chuck.

matt54 on July 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Joe, I’m with you on the architect – it is much more representative of Pettigrew’s taste/style than Eberson’s.

TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Just looked at Randy Carlisle photos again,Great!!!Worth the second look.Nice photos of a great theatre.Relinking.

drivein2001 on May 11, 2011 at 12:32 am

Here’s a newer link to look at some of my photos of the Lakewood Theatre.. Enjoy. View link THeatre ..
RAC Photography
Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

drivein2001 on May 11, 2011 at 12:35 am

Ok. for some reason, that link will not work. You’ll need to copy and paste the Whole link, including THeatre to see the shots.. Sorry.. For some reason, it is leaving off the “THeatre” part of the link above….
Randy A Carlisle

menright on May 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I was on a job in Dallas in the summer of ‘98. I went and saw 5 old movies at the lake. I recall there was “The Philidelphia Story”, “The Awful Truth” and a few others. It wasn’t like going to see just a movie, it was like going to an event. They showed old serial movies first and served drinks right at your seat. An announcer would introduce the feature movie. It was great. Don’t know if they still do that.

DavidZornig on November 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I just read that Texas band The Polyphonic Spree, is hosting their annual Christmas Spectacular at the Lakewood December 10th I believe.

rivest266 on October 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Grand opening ad uploaded here.

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