698 Osborne Street South,
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At the turn of the 20th century, a large part of the current Riverview neighbourhood was the setting of River Park . A year-round playground, River Park provided a world-class roller coaster, race track, sports facilities, grass air strip, wildlife enclosures, midway, toboggan slides and picnic places. Countless thousands enjoyed its many attractions, sporting events and leisure activities. It vanished in 1942, after serving Winnipeg’s early citizens for over 40 years.
Within that period, in summer 1914, the historic Park Theatre opened at this location and projected stars from the golden age of cinema for the crowds of the 30s and 40s seeking respite from the war, 50s-era bobby-soxers dreaming of screen idols, and ensuing decades of Winnipeggers looking to be engulfed in the movie experience. It closed in 1986, only to reopen in its current splendour in the summer of 2005.
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