Lake Theatre

3194 Lake Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14612

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The Lake Theatre is located on Lake Avenue, near the neighborhood known as Charlotte. The exterior is brick and decorative concrete trim with art deco overtones. Portions of the interior (now Charlotte Furniture and Appliance) were still intact ten years ago when I was last in there.

These included mirrors in the former lobby with fancy sconces installed into the middle of them, and the proscenium arch in the former auditorium. I think the staircases to the balcony were also still there in one piece. There was a ballroom over the front entrance originally. My mother occasionally reminisces about the Saturday matinees here, in the 1930’s. By 1941, it was operated by the Schine Circuit. It was still open in 1950.

Contributed by Carl Laitenberger

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ClassicTheater on October 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm

It was built in 1920. Right from the Charlotte Appliances website, here’s how they describe how they acquired the building.

“Charlotte Appliances did so well that in 1960, Tony was able to purchase the block-long Lake Theater building on Lake Avenue. In 1961 he added televisions, furniture, and bedding to the sales list. Then and today, the expansive theater’s lobby, ballroom and balcony areas are stocked with televisions and furniture. The lower level is reserved for appliances. The lighted marquis on Lake Avenue reads ‘Charlotte Appliance.’”

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