Lake Theatre - Lake Odessa MI 

Address: 1007 4th Ave
City: Lake Odessa
State: MI
Zip: 48849
County: Ionia
Open: 1914
Capacity:
Owner History:
Theater Type: Small Town Movie Palace
Number of visits to this page: 11997
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General Information:

AKA Diamond, Gordon Theater - Demolished in the 1980's.

According to Joe Vogel on Cinema Treasures, the Lake was on 4th Ave, a few doors north of 2nd Street. I visited the town on June 22, 2022 and that seems right to me. There is a building that can be seen in the old post card views a few doors down from that location. That would put the theater at the location of the Lake Odessa Community Library (roughly) which is newer construction. I will use that address for reference. See the photo analysis below for more information.

I also found articles on the former owners/operators. The more recent one was Charles D. Gordon. He bought the Lake Theatre and a candy shop. He re-named the theater to the "Gordon Theater" and featured live entertainment at that point. He later died tragically in a car accident. Prior to that was the Chase family. Wayne Chase was the son of Hollis who ran the theater as the Lake prior to that. Hollis Chase owned it from 1924 on until he died and Wayne took over. At some point after the 50's or 60's the theater was demolished.

Click the following links for locations of interest nearby:
I-96 Speedway  |  Lake Odessa Fair  |  Lake Odessa  |  
Info Updates:
12/18/2003 - Box Office Magazine
July 1959 - Michael Spadafore closed the Lake at Lake Odessa.
 Photos:14
Lake Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM PAUL
OLD PHOTO FROM PAUL
Lake Theatre - OLD POST CARD
OLD POST CARD
Lake Theatre - OLD POST CARD
OLD POST CARD
Lake Theatre - OLD POST CARD
OLD POST CARD
Lake Theatre - APRIL 1969 FORMER OPERATOR PASSES AWAY
APRIL 1969 FORMER OPERATOR PASSES AWAY
Lake Theatre - ADFE1
ADFE1
Lake Theatre - DEC 1952 SANTA CLAUS VISIT
DEC 1952 SANTA CLAUS VISIT
Lake Theatre - DEC 1970 OLD POSTERS FROM LAKE AND FLO
DEC 1970 OLD POSTERS FROM LAKE AND FLO
Lake Theatre - FEB 1956 4-H EVENT
FEB 1956 4-H EVENT
Lake Theatre - JAN 1957 ARTICLE
JAN 1957 ARTICLE
Lake Theatre - JULY 1955 PROFILE ON WAYNE CHASE
JULY 1955 PROFILE ON WAYNE CHASE
Lake Theatre - JUNE 1967 HOLLIS CHASE PASSES ON
JUNE 1967 HOLLIS CHASE PASSES ON
Lake Theatre - LAKE ODESSA LIBRARY WAS GENERAL AREA OF WHERE THEATER STOOD
LAKE ODESSA LIBRARY WAS GENERAL AREA OF WHERE THEATER STOOD
Lake Theatre - PHOTO COMPARISON FROM OLD DAYS TO 2022
PHOTO COMPARISON FROM OLD DAYS TO 2022
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