Park Theatre

Park Street,
Paso Robles, CA 93446

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Little seems to be known about the Paso Robles Park Theatre. Presumably the theatre was located downtown on Park Street. The theatre contained a 2 manual 4 rank piano console Wurlitzer organ opus 414 shipped from North Tonawanda, NY on 3/5/21.

I have spoken to younger locals in Paso Robles who are not even familiar that there was a silent movie theatre in the downtown. One elderly woman said she remembered the theatre being on Park Street on a corner. There is a closed Fox Theatre north of the downtown, but this is not what would have been the downtown Park Theatre.

It is known that the Wurlitzer from the Park Theatre was given to the local Methodist church, but it was never used and ended up as junk.

Contributed by Tom DeLay

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2013 at 1:35 am

A New Park Theatre is listed as a T&D circuit house at Paso Robles in the 1926 edition of the Film Daily Yearbook. I’ve found a T&D Theatre at Paso Robles mentioned as early as 1924, and one source says that Turner & Dahnken began operating a theater in Paso Robles in the late 1910s. It’s possible that all three referred to the same theater. It’s also possible that the Park Theatre closed when the new T&D Theatre on 12th Street was opened in 1930.

I’ve also found a reference to the Wurlitzer organ from the T&D Theatre being donated to the church in 1931. I suspect that the organ was from the old house, and not the new one. By the time the new T&D was opened, silent movies were pretty much gone, so my guess would be that it never had an organ.

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