The Lake Theatre has been a venue for big screen excitement in Clear Lake since the mid-1930s.
The building was originally the Clear Lake Opera House, built in 1890 by John Halvorson and S.J. Clausen, a posting on clearlakeiowa.com. The Lake Theatre came into being following a devastating fire in 1935. A year later, the building was renovated into a movie theater.
The Lake Theatre has undergone numerous important upgrades and changes during the last 40 years as the Sherman family put both heart and soul into the community favorite, the article said. When they decided to sell their beloved theater, they looked for people that would continue to love and grow the theater in a way that gave back to families in the area and promoted the idyllic life of Clear Lake.
Aaron Donaldson and Erin Scheiffer took over the theater in the spring of 2016, and since that time have been building on the already solid foundation left by the previous owners, the article said. With a push from the new owners, the small-town theater has been able to host premieres of some very big films, including recent major releases such as "The Secret Life of Pets," "Fantastic Beasts," the Star Wars film "Rogue One,"and "The Lego Batman Movie."
One secret to the theater’s refreshing success is the creative event promotions that new owners have put in place. The promotions are ongoing, and change to match the feel or theme of currently showing movies, the article said. Would-be moviegoers can check on show times or promotions at the theater’s website www.clearlaketheatre.com.
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