Park Rapids, MN – Fire damages Park Rapids movie theater

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on July 25, 2017 at 2:47 pm


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 (5)

terrywade on July 25, 2017 at 4:24 pm

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

ted87 on March 11, 2019 at 10:34 am

thought he was all right, the fire was extinguished on time!

Breana on May 19, 2020 at 1:38 pm

It really saddens me when I knew this news. tree trimming

SkippingLegDays on July 27, 2020 at 10:32 pm

Another historical gem lost due to negligence. Let’s try to keep our properties safe, people. Don’t leave open fires unattended and periodically check the condition of your wirings throughout the building. If you need somebody to restore your shop and make it look brand new, give a call.

SkippingLegDays on October 4, 2020 at 10:42 pm

UPDATE: I passed by this theatre today and the place looks better now than it did before! I heard saw its potential, rebuilt the whole place, and made it look like it was only a week old. Cheers to them for restoring this piece of American theatre history.

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