Lake Theatre

601 Lake Avenue,
Lake Worth, FL 33460

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Architects: Roy A. Benjamin

Functions: Art Gallery, Information Kiosk, Live Performances

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Lake Avenue Theatre

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Lake Theatre

This very elegantly designed Streamline Moderne style theatre with its boxy but rounded facade and ribbed detailing opened as the Lake Theatre in 1939 (also known as the Lake Avenue Theatre). It was the work of prolific Florida architect Roy A. Benjamin. The building housed the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art until its closure in March of 2005. Since January 2012 it has been the home of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

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sporridge on February 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm

A forgotten interlude in the Lake Theatre’s career: mid-70s incarnation as the Pasta Palace, where diners could watch classic movies as they ate:

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sporridge on February 6, 2011 at 12:03 am

If you’ve tried the link directly above, click on “Pasta Palace/Palm Beach Post/Jan. 9 1976” for the ad itself.

Walking past the building last night, noticed signs announcing the Palm Beach County Cultural Council would soon be setting up headquarters. Turns out the family donated the building in Robert M. Montgomery’s memory. Click below for (presently) a partial exterior shot with the new signage:

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Then go here for the announcement:

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sporridge on February 6, 2011 at 12:12 am

As for movies nowadays on Lake Avenue, I can report the nearby Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre (a 48-seat black box space) is alive and thriving with art house fare. Even with limited space, they’ve proven worthwhile successors to the still much-missed Carefree.

sporridge on June 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm

This was formerly in the ABC Florida State chain.

justLauren on August 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

This building is now home to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Great place to view works by local artists, shop locally handmade gifts, find out about cultural events & organizations, etc. It’s free and open to the public Tues-Sat from 10am to 5pm.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

This page from the Palm Beach Post web log has several images of the Lake Theatre, including an early drawing from the office of architect Roy Benjamin, showing the proposed building with a different marquee and without the rounded corner.

DavidZornig on April 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Circa 1940’s photo added courtesy of Alvin Lederer.

DavidZornig on May 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm

Palm Beach Post article about the Lake and other Palm Beach area theatres.

David_Schneider on October 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, a combination art gallery, performance space, educational center, gift shop and tourist information kiosk that is currently housed in the former Lake Theatre is visited starting at 11:50 in this Lake Worth episode of the PBS tv program “On the Town in the Palm Beaches” on Youtube:

Nice contemporary exterior shots at 12:30 and 13:00, but also a historic depiction back at 2:41 and 4:03 even though that part of the program is discussing the Lake Worth Playhouse.

David_Schneider on November 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

Article in the Palm Beach Florida Weekly about the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County moving in to the former Lake Theatre in January of 2012:

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