Lake Theatre

114 Main Street,
Powers Lake, ND 58773

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Architects: R.L. Ross

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The Lake Theatre opened in 1954. It seated 400 and was still operating in the early-1960’s.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The April 1, 1954, issue of Motion Picture Daily said that the Lake Theatre in Powers Lake, North Dakota, had recently been equipped for CinemaScope movies.

WayneJ on February 18, 2018 at 10:11 pm

The Lake Theatre was built in the early 50’s by my Dad JJ Nelson and Don Obert. I have home movies of them tearing down the scaffolding in front as the building was completed on the outside. Not sure of the exact year it closed. Sorenson’s bought it and took over but don’t know what year. Father Nelson bought it and was going to make something out of it but never happened. He had made the projector room and the rest of the upstairs into apartments. The lower section I was told was filled in with cement and is now used for storage for the Country Store.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2018 at 11:06 pm

The December 5, 1953, issue of Boxoffice ran a notice that a movie theater was being built at Powers Lake. The two-story building, 44x110 feet, on the east side of Main Street, would have a 400-seat theater and two storefronts on the ground floor and offices upstairs. The architect for the project was R.L. Ross.

The brick front of the building today shows marks where the marquee was removed. No address is displayed on the building, nor any business names, but it is on the lot south of the Country Store Fresh Foods, which is at 118 Main Street. If I had to guess I’d say the theater’s address was probably 114 Main, between the two storefronts which were probably 112 and 116.

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