Park Theatre

213 Broadway,
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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The Park Theatre opened on Sept. 3, 1914. It was built and owned by The Naeter Brothers. It was the largest and most lavish theatre ever built in Cape until that time. The new theatre seated 600.
Up to this time theatres were built in vacant storefronts. At the time the Park Theatre was built it was built as a purpose-built theatre. It was said that only two theatres in were larger and better and they were located in St. Louis. There were none in KC to compare to the Park Theatre.

The Park Theatre stood alone as a movie house until 1915 when the ornate Orpheum Theatre was built and opened. Shortly after opening, the Orpheum Theatre was purchased by Mike Doyle and the Park Theatre, which was already owned by Doyle by then, went undisturbed as the movie houses in Cape. Things changed in 1921 when the new Broadway Theatre was built and opened.

The owner of the Broadway gained control of the Park Theatre and Orpheum Theatre, and the Park Theatre was closed for a couple years. He then reopened the Park Theatre as a sub-run house and presented movies at popular prices with the Broadway Theatre and Orpheum Theatre remaining the first run houses in Cape.

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Contributed by Chuck
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