Park Theatre

3812 Park Boulevard,
San Diego, CA 92103

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Park Theatre, San Diego, CA

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Opened in 1923, and designed by architect Frank W. Stevenson as the Bush Egyptian Theatre. It was also known as the Fox Egyptian Theatre.

In 1954, the theatre was given an extensive ‘modern’ remodel to the plans of architect Frank Gruys of Faxton & Gruys, Architcts, and was renamed the Capri Theatre. This removed all trace of the original Egyptian style decorations, both externally and internally.

Later renamed the Park Theatre, after over seven decades, the Park Theatre, last operated by the Landmark Theatres chain, finally closed in 1997 and rapidly fell into decay.

In September 2003, the Park Theatre was torn down and a condominium constructed on the site, retaining part of the theatres' facade.

Contributed by Steve Covault

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trooperboots
trooperboots on January 19, 2006 at 5:47 am

To see what the San Diego Egyptian ORIGINALLY looked like when it was first built in 1926 go to…..

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The San Diego Egyptian facade (in slightly streamlined form) is being retained for a condominium development being completed on Park Boulevard. There is a clear and large artist’s rendering of the building available on the following link……

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Theater lovers were not happy to lose the beautiful theater, but at least we have the facade.. that’s more than most developments are doing.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on July 25, 2006 at 1:35 pm

In the 1970’s (starting around 1975), the Mitchell Brothers (of Behind the Green Door fame) operated this as a porn theater.

neeb
neeb on March 5, 2007 at 8:26 am

Ad for Darby O'Gill and the Little People

San Diego Union, E-7. Sunday, 02 August 1959

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 31, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Take a look at the view on Google if you want to see how they incorporated the facade into the condos.

neeb
neeb on December 1, 2009 at 10:53 am

According to this:
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The architect was Frank W. Stevenson.

kagemusha98
kagemusha98 on June 21, 2011 at 3:51 am

The Capri featured many first run “roadshow” films. Around the World in 80 Days….Gigi….Ben Hur…..West Side Story…… Spartacus…..Mutiny on the Bounty……Cleopatra……Thoroughly Modern Millie.

neeb
neeb on November 29, 2011 at 6:42 am

Here’s a pretty great write-up on the Capri:

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2010/feb/02/capri-theater/

rivest266
rivest266 on April 13, 2012 at 1:00 am

July 27 1954 grand reopening ad as Capri is in the photo section for this theatre.

CharmaineZoe
CharmaineZoe on March 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

Opened as the Egyptian on July 1, 1926.

LomaUsher
LomaUsher on March 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

I saw the first theatrical re-release of “The Manchurian Candidate” at the Park, which at the time featured both an external and internal rectangularist decoration scheme in the mode of the modern artist Piet Mondrian. Very ‘50’s modern.

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