1936 High Street,
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The Park Theatre opened in 1948 in downtown Selma next to the J.C.Penney Co. department store. The theatre had an 800 seat auditorium with a balcony. I remember the auditorium had high walls with dark gray paneling. The carpeting inside was a dark crush-red with large paisley print, the lobby had a very low ceiling with the snack bar facing the four to six entrance doors with five small square windows in each door.
The facade was a beautiful Art Moderne style with a large marquee reading “Park”, which had rolls of square boxes around which looked like the “Hollywood Squares” game show when illuminated at night.
The theatre showed first run movies and Spanish-language movies on Sundays. The last movie I saw there was “Friday the 13th: Part 3”. On May 17, 1984, the Park Theatre burned down, today a parking lot sits there, where the theatre once stood. This was downtown Selma’s last movie house. Until in the mid-1990s, the Selma Cinemas opened in the northwest part of town.
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