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I lived in Jacksonville in the mid 70’s and I saw Jaws, Rollerball, and The Towering Inferno here. Definitely one of the nicest theatres around at that time. I made it a point to to see all the new movies here if possible.
Saw Patton, True Grit, Tora! Tora! Tora! and other greats at this theatre in the 60’s and 70’s. I think they even had a world premier there not too long after opening. I lived just down Asher Avenue and could walk there although it was a dicey proposition at that intersection even in those days. :–)
What beautiful Theater! Attended several movies there in the 70’s. Very happy it was restored. These magnificant venues can never be replaced.
Saw “Raiders of the Lost Ark” there in 1981 after they re-opened it for business. I don’t believe it stayed open very long that time and that was around the time the church(es) started using it.
Midnight movies at the Park 4 were always fun. “The Song Remains the Same” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” were staples. It was built and operated by Northwest Cinemas out of Minneapolis, along with the Millard 4, until the sale to Douglas Theaters in the mid 80’s.
I worked there around the summer of 1984. Ass’t Mgr and got to run the projectors a couple of nights a week. They had, in addition to the modern platter projectors, a pair of the old Carbon Arc projectors still in place for each screen. They used a welding rod type of light element and had to be fired up manually. Never got to see them run but they were extremely cool.
I helped open this theater and worked there for the first year or so. Northwest Cinema out of Minneapolis built and operated it, along with the Park 4 in Ralston, before selling it to Douglas. We had one of the only 70mm projectors with Dolby Surround in Omaha at the time. I moved over to the Q-Twin Drive In after the sale and ran the projectors 2 nights a week.