Great Lakes Naval Station,
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Navy Motion Pictures (Official)
Operated by: Navy Motion Picture Service
Architects: Mason Gerardi Rapp
Firms: Rapp & Rapp
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Ross Auditorium
On the giant Great Lakes Naval Station where every sailor starts their life in the Navy is a real movie theatre where thousands and thousands of sailors have gone to the movies. All the theatres built during world War II have now been torn down.
This nice looking large base theatre was known as the Ross Auditorium and was built in 1944. It was designed by Mason Rapp of the Chicago based architectural firm Rapp & Rapp. The Ross Theater reopened in January of 2004 after being remodeled. Fairly current movies are shown Friday and Saturday at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Each show is a different movie.
A sailor has a chance of seeing five different movies in three days! Movies are $2 ($1 children under age 12). The theatre is run by the MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation). Which uses no Federal Funds. Profits from the Navy Exchanges (PX), etc. go into MWR.
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