Lake Twin Cine

3411 Bagnell Dam Boulevard,
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp., Mid-America Cinema Corp., Wehrenberg Theatres

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Lake Cinema, Lake Cinema - Lake Ozark, Lake Ozark Cinema, Lake Cinema Twin

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Lake Twin Cine

The 740-seat Lake Cinema opened on November 27, 1969. The first day they showed “Half a Sixpence” as a free grand opening show, and the next day, they began showing “The Love Bug”. The Lake Cinema was originally owned and operated by Frank Andres, but by 1977, it was being operated by Mid America Theaters, under the (slightly) revised name of Lake Cinema - Lake Ozark. By that time, Mid America Theaters had reopened the former Lake Theater in Camdenton as Lake Cinema - Camdenton.

The Lake Cinema was located on Business Highway 54 in Lake Ozark, "3 miles south of Bagnell Dam next to Howard Johnson’s". Taken over by Commonwealth Theatres Corp., it was twinned in 1984. In 1986 it was taken over by Wehrenberg Theatres and was renamed Lake Twin Cine. It was closed on February 1, 1987 with William Shatner in “Star Trek IV:The Voyage Home” & Tom Cuise in “Top Gun”.

The building was used by a boat dealership until it was demolished in 2017. The Howard Johnson’s became the Baymont Inn and then a Quality Inn.

Contributed by Bob Brown

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

jmiller on January 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

This was a straight-forward Mid-America Theaters location. But, since we had a cottage at Lake of the Ozarks, and this was the main cinema there, I saw many of my favorite films at Lake Cinema, including “American Graffiti” and “All the President’s Men.”

bbrown1 on September 13, 2018 at 9:24 am

The building housing this theater was demolished last year, and a new building was constructed which houses a large boat dealership. The Baymont Inn is now Quality Inn.

50sSNIPES on April 8, 2024 at 12:17 pm

The Lake Cinema actually opened on November 27, 1969 with a capacity of 740 seats, and yes it opened with Disney’s “The Love Bug” (but there was an open house one day before grand opening with a free showing of “Half A Sixpence”). It was independently operated at first led by Frank Andres of Osage Beach, who lived there since after World War II, but several years later it was taken over by the Mid-America Theatres chain. Mid-America would later open nearby Camdenton’s Lake Camdenton Cinema in December 1972. In the early-1980s, it was renamed Lake Ozark Cinema.

The Lake Ozark Cinema was twinned in 1984 after Commonwealth Theatres took over the theater and was renamed Lake Cinema Twin. This was followed by Wehrenberg Theatres in 1986 and was renamed Lake Twin Cine', which happened around the same time Wehrenberg opened the Osage Village 4 Cine'.

The Lake Twin Cine' didn’t held on much longer. On February 1, 1987 after running “Star Trek IV” at Screen 1 and “Top Gun” at Screen 2, the Lake Twin Cine' closed and was scheduled to reopen by two months, but unfortunately it never happened at all.

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