Wayzata Theater at the Movies, Lake Minnetonka Greeting Card

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Wayzata Theater at the Movies, Lake Minnetonka Greeting Card by Graphic Designer Rich Sladek.

4.5" x 6.25" folded greeting card, professionally printed on uncoated smooth white 130# thick card stock. Blank inside for your own personal message. Includes white envelope and individually packaged in a clear plastic sleeve.

In 1932, business partners Lyle Carisch and Ray Lee built the Wayzata Theater on the 600 block of Lake Street, where it thrived for 53 years, until 1985. The first movie shown there was ‘Tenderfoot,’ a western with Joe E. Brown. Ticket prices were 20 cents for adults and 12 cents for children. The movie theater operation was a family business, as both families worked at selling and collecting tickets, selling popcorn, keeping the lobby and auditorium neat and clean, and operating the projectors. In 1985, with the showing of ‘European Vacation,’ with Chevy Chase, the sole owner, Lyle Carisch, and his sons, turned the entire block into retail shops at street level, topped by two floors of office space. The original marquee became so twisted when stored that it had to be replaced by an aluminum copy, which now graces the 600 block of Lake Street across from Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka. Rich grew up in Wayzata, a neighbor of Lyle Carisch on Benton Avenue.

Inspired by vintage-style travel/national park posters of the 1930’s, Rich is working on a collection of original graphic poster art illustration showcasing current and historical Lake Minnetonka and beyond.