Park Theatre

813 Jericho Turnpike,
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

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The Park Theatre was yet another Jericho Turnpike theatre, located near Lakeville Road at the Nassau-Queens border. The Park Theatre was opened prior to 1941 and was operated by the Century Theaters chain. The building appears to be some kind of office space now.

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techman707
techman707 on October 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

don’t recall it being “SO LARGE”. We are talking about the Park and NOT the newer Park East right? In fact, the Park being one of Century’s smallest theatres in the area, if not THE smallest, most of the other theatres had larger Marquees. The theatres that come to mind were the Floral (on the side of the building), Bellrose, Queens, Community and Meadows.

robboehm
robboehm on October 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

Don’t even remember what the marquee on the Park East looked like. The Queens, Floral and Community were boxes. The Meadows was an irregular shape. Only the Bellerose had a wedge like the latter Park. Park, if we had true seating capacity and not the 800 above, was probably the smallest older Century. The Glen Oaks was probably the smallest, period.

willstan
willstan on October 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Regarding the projection equipment, in 1949, I saw “a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” at the Park when one projector broke down and the operator had to stop and re-load the sole projector.

I am not familiar with the Park East, so I cannot compare the two.

The Park stage must have been narrow because when it ran scope features, the screen was not wide as it was oblong. The top masking descended to change from flat to scope.

The theater was the last chance to see current double features after which the movies would then disappear. Occasionally they ran revivals.

Park never showed 3-D, but they had scheduled “The House of Wax” only to cancel it abruptly. At least I saw it at the Floral. I would see 3D at the Floral and the Alan.

The old Park marquee was probably too ugly for even the standards of 1927.

techman707
techman707 on October 5, 2011 at 2:28 am

robboehm – The original Meadows marquee wasn’t irregular. It became the way it is today when Cineplex Odeon took over and “renovated” it. Before that there was a side that you could read the name of the picture when going west on the L.I.E.

btw- The Glen Oaks had more seats than the Park (which I guess you know really wasn’t 800 as posted here).

robboehm
robboehm on October 5, 2011 at 5:28 am

The Meadows wasn’t “traditional”. As you were heading west there was a narrow strip that just said “Century’s Meadows”. Then you got to the massive part which had the signboard and the MEADOWS. I don’t recall what the portion was that faced the actualy Fresh Meadows complex.

willstan
willstan on August 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

I spoke to the New Hyde Park village historian and she didn’t know when precisely the Park went dark, much less what was the last picture run. I do know that Garden of Evil with Gary Cooper was the first movie presented after the new screen sheet was installed in 1954.

Of all movie theatres I’ve visited,I cannot remember any of them was substandard. I saw in Washington DC “Apocalypse Now” in 1979 in the appropriate 70mm format. I made a point of seeing it that way because I suspected that 70mm presentations were on the way out, and I saw “The Andromeda Strain” in 1971 at the RKO Golden Gate in San Francisco which was a live venue theatre in 1980 when I saw Richard Burton perform in “Camelot” and in theatres in between nothing was amiss. Now I visit the Siskel film center in the Chicago Loop and the Fleur Cinema and Cafe in Des Moines. However the Music Box in Chicago looks decrepit.

techman707
techman707 on August 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

The Park Theatre closed within a week or two of the Park East’s opening. The projectionist that worked at the Park Theatre worked there for over 45 years, but passed away a few years ago in his 90’s. At the time, he complained that he wasn’t moved over to work at the Park East. However, because I’m becoming a little senile myself, I can’t remember the exact month and year the Park closed. I know that I bought a refrigerator from Eldee, the company that originally took over after the Park closed.

robboehm
robboehm on March 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

The Brooklyn Eagle of May 17 1938 mentioned that someone had placed two timed tear gas bombs in the theater.

techman707
techman707 on March 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Sounds like union trouble to me.

robboehm
robboehm on March 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Article didn’t do more than state the fact. No followup that I found.

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