Knox Theatre

12 Park Street,
Rockland, ME 04841

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Knox Theatre

In 1910, the Rockland Theatre opened at 12 Park Street. The Park Theatre opened at the same address in 1921. One source states that the Park Theatre was a new building on the old site, while a more likely scenario is that the Park Theatre was a reconstruction of the Rockland Theatre. The Park Theatre was a very popular movie theatre. Its name was changed to Knox Theatre in 1952 which lasted until 1962. It is best remembered today as the Park Theatre, rather than as the Knox Theatre.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Park; it’s Card # 438. Address is 12 Park St. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says it’s over 15 years old and was showing MGM product. It had 500 orhestra seats and 307 balcony. The 1940 population was 8,800.

DavidZornig on January 26, 2020 at 3:58 am

Images as both Rockland Theatre and Park Theatre added. Photos and updated history credit Rockland Historical Society.

“A c.1913 photo of the Rockland Theatre that was located at 12 Park Street. The theatre opened in 1910 and played moving pictures and featured Vaudeville acts. In 1916 the business changed hands and became the Park Theatre. In 1926 the Park Theatre caused a stir when it held an American Venus Contest in which female contestants were required to wear bathing suits on stage. In 1952 the business changed hands again and became the Knox Theatre which withstood the fire of 1952. The Knox Theatre continued to provide entertainment until 1962 when the building was torn down.”

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