Saturday, December 31, 2016

Downtown Lake Worth (Lake Avenue and ‘L’ Street c. 1971): The Lake Theater

The Cultural Council is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00–5:00 (closed Sunday and Monday). Call 561-471-2901 for more information. Plenty of free parking available. Use this link for more helpful information.

When you go to the Cultural Council in Downtown Lake Worth for the new exhibit, “15 Surfboards by 15 Shapers”, well, some things to think about as you’re walking around town:

The Cultural Council building, how it looked circa 1971.

How the building looks today:

Photo courtesy of the Jim Stafford collection.

Here’s another image soon after the building was constructed:


It turns out the architect was Roy Benjamin and almost all he did was movie theaters in Florida and Georgia in late 1930’s through the 1950’s. Below is one of his designs in Pahokee called the Prince Theater. You can see striking similarities to the structure in downtown Lake Worth.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh! Remembering the good ole days. I love the shot of the '69 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser in frame. Remembering back to when we used to collect RC Cola bottle tops to gain entry into the Saturday "Fun Show" at the Lake Theater. Also the old box office. I think I had to stand on my toes to give the caps to the lady.

Russ said...

Yes indeed... remember the special occasions when Skipper Chuck would appear with prizes? The Lake, Florida, and Carefree were where we all saw the latest Disney release. Saw "Thunderball" and "Our Man Flint" there, and "Spinout" too.

Patrick Lannan bought it to house his art collection, and
I once told him of the many happy Saturdays spent there. It's a shame his family chose to relocate the foundation, but the PBCCC has a good home.