Charles Cinema brings back memories - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Charles Cinema brings back memories

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

 LAKE CHARLES, LA.(KPLC) -It's a landmark that brings back memories for many if not most long time residents of Lake Charles-- the Charles Cinema. When it was first built it was what  local preservationist AdleyCormier calls the "first suburban style movie house" and an early version of a multi-plex movie house with three screens showing three different movies at one time.

Marc Lowenthal's family owned it.  He remembers, "Anything that was big at the box office was played here. I think that one of the first movies I saw here was the original "Rocky."

The place brings back a lot of fond memories for many people who grew up in Lake Charles. Just try to imagine all the important dates that happened here. Admits Realtor Charlie Snead, "I can say that I did (have some important dates), I did."  Reporter: "Anything that you want to share?"  Says Charlie, "Well, that's going to be a personal matter."

 Lowenthal says, "There's been a lot of people here who have spent many a romantic night in the theater."

Says Snead, "I have great memories of coming to the building when I was a youngster, in high school. I can remember seeing the Exorcist here and how scared I was after it was all over with."

 It's been closed since Hurricane Rita. Time and nature have not been kind. "It's been hit by a tornado. It's been home to vagrants. So after asbestos abatement and other prep work, down it will go," said Lowenthal.

The property is listed with Charlie Snead at Flavin Realty and is selling for $1.5 million "I see it with many utilizations for McNeese, apartment complexes, or some sort of restaurant," said Snead.   Lowenthal agrees: "We're so close to the university, there's any number of things that the property could be used for."

So, someday soon there may be a new development hear, that may likely flourish given the prime location yet-- for some-- the memories of Charles Cinema won't easily be swept away. "Sorry to see the building go," says Lowenthal. 

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Elevated rain chances through mid-week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Elevated rain chances through mid-week

    Sunday, June 17 2018 4:21 PM EDT2018-06-17 20:21:00 GMT
    Chance of rain sticking around through next week (Source: KPLC)Chance of rain sticking around through next week (Source: KPLC)
    Chance of rain sticking around through next week (Source: KPLC)Chance of rain sticking around through next week (Source: KPLC)

    Through the rest of the day today expect cloudy and muggy conditions. Winds will continue to gust up to 20 mph through the remainder of the day. Rain chances remain about the same through the rest of the day as those bands of rain from the tropical wave move across the area.  The rain does taper off slightly during the overnight hours but is still a factor come tomorrow. 

    More >>

    Through the rest of the day today expect cloudy and muggy conditions. Winds will continue to gust up to 20 mph through the remainder of the day. Rain chances remain about the same through the rest of the day as those bands of rain from the tropical wave move across the area.  The rain does taper off slightly during the overnight hours but is still a factor come tomorrow. 

    More >>
  • Armed robbery at Lake Charles convenience store

    Armed robbery at Lake Charles convenience store

    Saturday, June 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-06-16 21:52:57 GMT
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)
    An armed robbery occurred Friday night at the More 4 Less convenience store on Common Street, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department. The robbery happened at approximately 11:04 p.m. The investigation is ongoing and we will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    An armed robbery occurred Friday night at the More 4 Less convenience store on Common Street, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department. The robbery happened at approximately 11:04 p.m. The investigation is ongoing and we will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Car crashes into DeRidder store, causes fire

    Car crashes into DeRidder store, causes fire

    Saturday, June 16 2018 3:42 PM EDT2018-06-16 19:42:11 GMT
    (Source: DeRidder Police Department)(Source: DeRidder Police Department)

    A liquor store caught on fire in DeRidder Saturday after a car crashed into the building, according to DeRidder Police Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy.

    Rudy says at approximately 12:20, a vehicle driven by a 68-year-old woman jumped a curb and crashed through the store window and door after she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. The vehicle struck an interior pole, causing the vehicle and building to catch on fire

    More >>

    A liquor store caught on fire in DeRidder Saturday after a car crashed into the building, according to DeRidder Police Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy.

    Rudy says at approximately 12:20, a vehicle driven by a 68-year-old woman jumped a curb and crashed through the store window and door after she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. The vehicle struck an interior pole, causing the vehicle and building to catch on fire

    More >>
Powered by Frankly