Lake Theatre celebrates 75 years with Classic Film Series

posted by Michael Zoldessy on November 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm


OAK PARK, IL — The historic Lake Theatre, at 1022 Lake Street, is showcasing a Classic 1936 Film Series in celebration of its milestone 75th anniversary. Each film is presented on the second Monday of every month, at 1 PM and 7 PM. The next film in the series, “After the Thin Man,” is slated for Monday, November 14, 2011. Movie admission is $5, and tickets are available at the Lake Theatre box office.

This movie in particular is an example of the art deco period with its sets and high style clothes. To learn more about art deco architecture, style and what we can still appreciate, a member of the Chicago Art Deco Society will have information available before and after the movie.

In November, William Powell and Myrna Loy are back, reprising their roles as Nick and Nora Charles of Thin Man fame. This time, they are in the second of the series of six “Thin Man” films called “After the Thin Man,” also starring James Stewart. The film is based on a story written by Dashiell Hammett and directed by W.S. Van Dyke. The plot finds Nick, Nora and Asta, the lovable terrier, seeking out a murderer from Nora’s own blue-blooded relatives.

“After the Thin Man” is a fast-paced mystery with a witty script and the popular Powell/Loy charm. Double–crosses, betrayals and unlikely clues lead to the true culprit, and the Charles’ solve the case. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay, it is considered the best of the Thin Man sequels. Johhny Depp currently has a film project in development to remake the “Thin Man” with him playing Nick Charles.

Mark your calendars for the final film of the 1936 Classic Film Series, “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” slated for Monday, December 12th at 1 and 7 PM.

About the Lake Theatre Designed by renowned architect, Thomas Lamb, the historic art deco Lake Theatre was purchased by Classic Cinemas in 1984 which expanded and restored the theatre with great attention to its architectural heritage. Today the theatre presents first-run movies in its seven state-of-the-art auditoriums, including three equipped with Digital 3D.

About Classic Cinemas Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned company operated by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. Established in 1978, Classic Cinemas operates 13 theatres will soon offer 100 screens in Chicagoland and the northern Illinois area. For more information on Classic Cinemas, please visit


For further information about the 75h Anniversary of the Lake Theatre or the 1936 Classic Film Series, please contact Falk Associates at 847.675.2580.

(Thanks to jakers for providing the photo.)

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