Lake Cinema

Bagnell Dam Boulevard,
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Lake Cinema

The Lake Cinema opened on November 26, 1971. 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". I am not sure when this theater closed, but it has been closed since at least 1997, and the building in was used by a boat dealership until it was demolished in 2017. The Howard Johnson’s became the Baymont Inn and is now a Quality Inn.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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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.

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