Park Rapids, MN – Fire damages Park Rapids movie theater

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on July 25, 2017 at 6:47 am


From Valley News Live: Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire at a well known classic movie theater in the Valley.

According to reports the marquee sign at the Park Theater in downtown Park Rapids caught fire Monday night.

The fire started about 7:00 p.m. and the Park Rapids Fire Department posted on Facebook for people to give them room on the busy street so they could do their job.

About two dozen people were in the theater at the time, everyone made it out safely.

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Comments (4)

terrywade on July 25, 2017 at 8:24 am

Looks like a electric neon type fire or was the marquee even on? Hope they can save the main theatre.

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alexpaul on December 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm

This is sad to hear. The theatre is very old and has some great moments to cherish. These are the theatres that has to be preserved as they are considered as the classic theatres now we have in the market. I hope that the damage wasn’t that serious or heavy. washington dc guided tours

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