Lans Theatre

3524 Ridge Road,
Lansing, IL 60438

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Lans Theatre

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The Lans Theatre was located just off the Indiana border in Illinois. A small one screen house, it was opened in January 1947. The theater’s principal policy was to play family oriented films. Every Disney film played at the Lans Theatre but also PG rated films as well. I remember seeing “Oh God” there. I cannot remember an R rated film ever once playing there. The Lans Theatre closed its doors in the early-1980’s and remained vacant for a time.

Around 1984 Pipes and Pizza, a family oriented pizza place opened. The marquee and box office booth up front still remain though the box office is not used. The inside was completely gutted and the screen and projectionist booth removed.

Contributed by John

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ratkins99 on March 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

It is a summer morning and Scott and I do our usual of collecting pop bottles from sand lots and pooling our money together. You get 2 cent deposit on the bottles, which we turn in at the meat market. The movie cost 35 cents, and you want 10 cents for popcorn and 5 cents for pop. 50 cents total. Then we ride our bikes over to the Lans from the Indiana side. The movie matinee is “The First Men in the Moon” based on the novel by HG Wells, released in 1964, and I was eleven.

TLSLOEWS on March 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for the photo Don, and the story anon99.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

fred,enjoyed the story on Buttered popcorn.I have been on CT a couple of years and that was the first time i had ever read that on the Butter.It was the same thing at the theatres I worked at.thanks.

TLSLOEWS on March 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

In my days with Loews we had our conncession girls trained to ask if the patrons want “Butter Flavoring” since it was not really butter and to avoid any lawsuits.

justinterested on September 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Please note, there is an pipe organ in the old Lans Theatre, the console was moved to I assume where center stage would have been, (if there was a stage) the organ is played for the entertainment of the diners. The Pizza is very good.

editpro on July 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

As a kid in Lansing in the ‘50s, I remember that the Lans had a unique programming approach—it would play family/kids films Friday-Monday, then offer more adult fare the nights of Tuesday-Thursday. And it never offered double features…. we would head to Hammond, Indiana, theaters for twin bills.

DavidZornig on October 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

August 1954 photo added courtesy of Lansing Historical.

DavidZornig on October 27, 2016 at 9:43 am

1965 photo added courtesy of Brian Pearson‎.

DavidZornig on October 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

The Lans had a a pre-opening event on January 28, 1947. An image of the invite has been added to the Photos Section, courtesy of the Lansing Historical Society. So the Overview should be changed to Opened January 28,1947.

DavidZornig on October 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

Also the 1969 photo I added had this description.

January 1969 photo & copy credit The Lansing Journal. New owner William Mallers took over. They remodeled some of the interior and they starrted showing “First Runs” of older movies

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