Park Theatre

69 Park Place,
Morristown, NJ 07960

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Site of the world premiere of Otto Harbach’s “Katinka” (a musical) on December 2, 1915. This theatre is listed as operating in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook.

It was demolished around 1970, and an office block was built on the site.

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teecee
teecee on July 27, 2005 at 6:58 pm

Listed as a “Florin” theater in March 1969 when it showed 2001 (courtesy of Bill Huelbig):
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teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 1:08 pm

Listed in the 1944 FDY. Listed as a Walter Reade Theatre in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee
teecee on March 10, 2006 at 1:41 pm

Old postcard from 1920:

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etwilson
etwilson on January 22, 2007 at 6:50 pm

The Park was torn down somewhere around 1970 to make room for an office building call “1776 On The Green”.

Here are some pictures of that office building.
http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=124391

michaelira
michaelira on August 27, 2007 at 5:34 pm

The Park was beloved by us kids in the 1950s for its Saturday afternoon triple features, plus cartoons and shorts, that provided many hours of entertainment for a quarter. My favorite memory is that of seeing “Breaking Through the Sound Barrier,” a movie I really wanted to see badly, as the last of three movies of the day. Unfortunately, it ran past six o'clock, and I had been ordered to be home for supper long before then. During the movie, my father showed up, grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and dragged me home. I did not forgive him for making me miss that movie until I saw it on TV many years later!

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on August 27, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Michaetira,
Was Breaking the Sound Barrier as good on television as it was on the screen of the Park?? If I remember Breaking the Sound Barrier was a British picture with Ralp Richardson as the star. Richardson won all kinds of awards for his acting in the film.

michaelira
michaelira on August 27, 2007 at 9:53 pm

David, it was so many years ago I can hardly remember. “Sound Barrier” was a classic, and I would watch it again today if it showed up on TV.
Mike

tombehrens
tombehrens on December 1, 2010 at 2:01 am

I worked as an usher at the Park Theater in the mid 1960s. Our protocol after the movie began was to walk down the aisle backward in front of the customer, shining a flashlight down on their path so they could see where they were walking. We had uniforms and everything.

Being originally constructed as a traditional theater, the fly area back stage was enormous. I remember the eerily quiet and abandoned dressing rooms underneath the stage. The stage loading door was large enough to back a truck into, and I was told that in the old vaudeville days when the Park was really hopping, they had all kinds of acts on stage, including a circus show with elephants and all. Just a real classic of a theater, with a large balcony that was hardly ever used.

jayessar
jayessar on September 25, 2012 at 8:59 am

As a lad, I went with my mother to the Park Theater to see Mary Poppins. It was a nice location, across from the center square, which is locally called “The Green”. Therefore, it would have been correct to describe the Theaters location as being “on The Green”, even though it was accross from it. A large office building was built in it’s place, that was prominantly marked “AT&T”.

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