Park Theater

3519 Golden Gate Way,
Lafayette, CA

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Park Theater

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The Park Theater was constructed in 1941 and was taken over by Renaissance Rialto in 1987. The Park closed in September 2005, and was purchased not long after by a group of businessmen who plan on converting the theater to another, as of yet unspecified, but non-theatrical, use.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm

And here is the Park Theater in 2004.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2008 at 9:12 am

This is a recent photo.

movietheatres
movietheatres on June 18, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Barry,

I met with city officials last year to look into reopening the Park. The city is all for it and will even allocate funds for exterior improvements, however the greedy scheister land owner isn’t budging. He bought the Park and talked just the right talk to appease folks about conversion to nightclubs or dinner theatre. Then he bought the apartment building just behind the theatre. Then he submitted a plan to the city to knock them both down for commercial use, or housing use. He can’t meet the parking requirements so the city wont allow him to proceed, so he’s just letting it sit there and deteriorate until it hopefully falls down or ends up in such a state of disrepair that the city won’t object to him just knocking it down and building just what lafayette needs…::sigh:: more Starbucks or townhouse space. You should ask the city where the guy lives and take a leak on his front door.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 11, 2009 at 9:37 am

I’ve heard of kencta. I think he’s a world renowned photographer and all around good guy. :)

ingipuff
ingipuff on May 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Does anyone know what’s happening with this theatre or who the owners are? It’s been empty for a long time and it’s not listed on the market for lease or sale. I love the property and would really like to see something happen with it. If anyone has information I’d love to know.

movietheatres
movietheatres on July 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Latest update: the alleged current owner of the theater is having a feasibility study done as
to if the Park can reopen and what it would take after being shuddered and not maintained in that time.

It can be done but it’s got to be done the right way and I pray this guy is not an egomaniac and has some knowledge of how the business works. I just can’t see and hope I never do see the marquee ablaze with “Twilight Eclipse” as the route they go because that just won’t work there.

warrendewey
warrendewey on July 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Looks like The Park may soon become an ice cream parlor: View Link

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on August 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Any new info on this theater? I’ll be moving a few blocks away from this location and would sure love to see it resurrected for cinematic use.

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