Parkway Theater

330 N. San Marcos Place,
Chandler, AZ 85225

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The Parkway Theater was one of three theaters owned by Joe and Alice Woods. The other two were the Rowena Theater and the Mustang Drive-In. The Parkway Theater closed in the late-1960’s.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2007 at 12:46 pm

This website mentions the Parkway Theater being owned by Joe and Alice Woods.

thegrinch
thegrinch on May 8, 2008 at 9:24 am

The Parkway was a nice theatre. I remember passing by it going through Chandler in the 60’s. It appeared to be a good sized theatre. It was located a few doors south of the famous San Carlos hotel where all the minor league baseball teams stayed during spring season. The theatre and hotel were part of a beautiful town square design business district typical of small towns in the 20s. There was another smaller theatre, possibly the State, in the east wing of this same square. I believe both buildings are still there but changed architecturally and hard to spot.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Information comes from the Chandleraz.gov website:

During World War II, the Chandler Improvement Company turned the old Monroe building into a recreation center for servicemen. Then, as the war came to a close in 1945, Joe and Alice Woods, proprietors of the Rowena Theater on Boston Street bought the building from Dr. Chandler’s Improvement Company and applied to the federal government for additional supplies to build a second theater to support the huge number of GIs coming from Williams Air Force Base to see movies. It was approved, and the couple built the 740-seat Parkway Theater.

RandoWendt
RandoWendt on June 1, 2012 at 6:05 am

I was the projectionist at the Parkway when it was under new management around 1976/1977. R.I.P. Parkway. Randolph James Wendt

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