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Source: Pat Weaver
The theatre in Lakeview was called the Lake in the early 1970s. By that time it also had a marquee over the entrance. I went there a couple of times; how old it was I do not know. That particular night in 1973 it was playing a Hammer Film titled "Vampire Circus." They were having trouble with the machines, so I volunteered to help. The projectors were Wenzel Ace machines with early soundheads, either Powers Cinephone or early RCA Photophone.
The booth was just a couple of steps up--the theatre was on the main floor of a two-story building. There was a slight slant in the floor, and I think around 200 or so seats. At that time it was operated by Dan Creighton, who gave it a good shot with the Lake, as well as houses in Harrison, Reed City, and Lake Odessa. The Lake is no more, though the building likely stands.
Opened as Liberty Theatre early-1900’s. Renamed Lake Theatre prior to 1961. Closed but was still standing as Tamarack Public Library in 2009 with a wooden facade added. The library has since built a new building also on Lincoln Avenue.