Lake Theatre

49493 US Highway 93 ,
Polson, MT 59860

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The Liberty Theatre opened December 21 1916, and on October 1, 1936 it was taken over by the Yellowstone Amusement Company and renamed the Lake Theatre. The opening film was Joel McCrea, Merle Oberon, and Miriam Hopkins in “These Three”. In 1939 the Yellowstone Amusement Co. operated 17 theatres in Montana and Idaho.

By 1938 the Lake Theatre was operated by Simons Amusement Co., a chain of 22 theatres in Montana and Idaho, headed by Edna Wilma Simons. Edna had been married to Billy Simons who passed away in 1937 and is remembered for opening the Wilma Theatre in Missoula in 1921.

On March 1, 1956, an advertisement in the Flathead Courier noted the theatre was closed until further notice, leaving the Park Theatre as Polson’s only theatre.

Since the 1990’s the space has been home to Lake City Bakery & Eatery at 49493 2nd Avenue East.

Film Daily Year Book 1951 listed the Lake Theatre with 350 seats.

Contributed by ron pierce
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