Lake Theatre

601 Lake Avenue,
Lake Worth, FL 33460

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LAKE Theatre, Lake Worth, Florida

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This very elegantly designed Streamline Moderne style theater with its boxy but rounded facade and ribbed detailing opened as the Lake Theatre in 1939 (also known as the Lake Avenue Theatre). It was the work of prolific Florida architect Roy A. Benjamin. The building most recently housed the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art until its closure in March of 2005.

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Patsy
Patsy on January 23, 2007 at 7:51 am

I love viewing the vintage post card of the art moderne Lake Theatre posted on Sept. 23, 2004. I wonder if the lobby was changed much after the renovations were made though I would certainly understand the auditorium floor being ‘flattened’ to create the museum space. Again, such a shame.

Patsy
Patsy on January 23, 2007 at 7:52 am

Perhaps the high profile Mr. Montgomery could return it to a theatre as that just might succeed!

Patsy
Patsy on January 23, 2007 at 7:53 am

First the Lake Theatre is changed and then the Paramount in Palm Beach. Such a shame.

Roloff
Roloff on October 24, 2008 at 6:35 am

What a shame the building is now sitting vacant. I went to $wap Shop Drive-in in Lake Worth two years ago, not knowing about this gorgeous (though closed) site.

The postcard mentioned above can be seen with a better color rendition and in a larger size on my flickr stream: View link
Know that I scan all my cards at 600dpi and clean them in that size, and that I can email a higher res image for a (personal, non-commercial) repro for on the wall or so.

sporridge
sporridge on February 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm

A forgotten interlude in the Lake Theatre’s career: mid-70s incarnation as the Pasta Palace, where diners could watch classic movies as they ate:

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sporridge
sporridge on February 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm

If you’ve tried the link directly above, click on “Pasta Palace/Palm Beach Post/Jan. 9 1976” for the ad itself.

Walking past the building last night, noticed signs announcing the Palm Beach County Cultural Council would soon be setting up headquarters. Turns out the family donated the building in Robert M. Montgomery’s memory. Click below for (presently) a partial exterior shot with the new signage:

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Then go here for the announcement:

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sporridge
sporridge on February 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

As for movies nowadays on Lake Avenue, I can report the nearby Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre (a 48-seat black box space) is alive and thriving with art house fare. Even with limited space, they’ve proven worthwhile successors to the still much-missed Carefree.

http://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org/indie_films.html

sporridge
sporridge on June 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

This was formerly in the ABC Florida State chain.

justLauren
justLauren on August 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

This building is now home to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Great place to view works by local artists, shop locally handmade gifts, find out about cultural events & organizations, etc. It’s free and open to the public Tues-Sat from 10am to 5pm.

http://www.palmbeachculture.com/contactus

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm

This page from the Palm Beach Post web log has several images of the Lake Theatre, including an early drawing from the office of architect Roy Benjamin, showing the proposed building with a different marquee and without the rounded corner.

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