Park Theatre

1203 Spring Street,
Paso Robles, CA 93446

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OCRon on February 24, 2015 at 11:18 pm

The address was 1203 Spring Street. It opened in April of 1921 and was closed by 1930. (See map in photo section).

Moving Picture World on April 9, 1921, had this report: “The T. & D. Junior Circuit, with headquarters at San Francisco, Cal., has opened the Park Theatre at Paso Robles, Cal., as part of its chain of houses. This theatre is located on the grounds of the Hot Springs Hotel.” (See photo section).

The photos of the theater are on display at El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society Museum.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

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.