Forgotten days at the Park
CHATTANOOGA, TN — Some memories of the long gone Park Theater:
Locally, the screen of the Park Theater was one that held audiences' attention for many weekend afternoons and evenings. The Park was housed in a small yellow brick building located at 2102 McCallie Avenue at Willow Street in the Highland Park community. For over forty years, audiences bought tickets at the window under the marquee awning, with “Park” in bright neon.
Two entrepreneurs were associated with the Park Theater — Abe Solomon and Samuel H. Borisky. Mr. Solomon established the Independent Theaters chain in Atlanta in 1912, and moved to Chattanooga in 1914 to establish the Strand Theater. According to “Prominent Tennesseeans 1796-1938,” Mr. Borisky was a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in engineering, and was a veteran of World War I. The two men held the roles of president-treasurer and vice-president/secretary in their business, and were also active in the Southern Theater Owners Association.
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