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 built sometime in the 1950’s. 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.

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chinaboat on June 28, 2009 at 1:18 am

803, well wha’d'yanno, didn’t think it was that big. The walls were stucco painted with a bizarre underwater theme basically aqua or blue-green with 18" wide twisted strands of darker blue and green seaweed going up perhaps 15 feet, five foot high sea horses floating about and huge seashells. The house lights were huge wall sconces that looked like immense scallop shells; I regret not being able to obtain one but I had left town by then.

As I said, it was a tad bizarre, but at least it was decorated unlike today’s boxes.

Alive on December 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I was on my way home one evening and as I walked passed the Lans that they just finished they were having there Grand opening for all the dignitaries in town. The door was open so I walked right in and passed through the lobby into the theater. There was a 4 foot high wall before the seating so I leaned on that wall and watched the movie. The movie was Three Little Girls In Blue with the Andrews Sisters.I think it was early in 1947. I later got a job there and was a usher and did other things like make popcorn, clean the popcorn machine, change the outside marquees and the posters discribing the movie. It was great having it in town. Rich

kencmcintyre on March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

There were some photos in Boxoffice in November 1947:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 29, 2010 at 12:19 am

From around 1949 a photo of the Lans Theatre in Lansing.

ratkins99 on March 23, 2011 at 3:41 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 4:06 pm

Thanks for the photo Don, and the story anon99.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 23, 2011 at 5:44 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 5:51 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 4:19 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 5:13 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.

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