Park Theatre

Broadway,
Taunton, MA 02780

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The Park Theater in the 1950's

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A lost movie theatre in Taunton, Massachusetts. The Park Theatre was located on Broadway, next door to the Strand Theatre.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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martybearass
martybearass on May 29, 2007 at 3:28 pm

I remember this theater having 2 balconies it was an amazing place for a kid in the late 50’s early 60’s…. I saw Doris Day in Jumbo there and the screen had a little blue patch on it !!! It was demolished in the early 70’s along with the Strand next door.. I was able to get in and look around a bit…the whole back ( screen ) area was already gone but we couls sit in seats in the 2nd balcony and imagine again . Found some press sheets or giveaways as they were called for Children of the damned reckon that was the last film to be shown. Would LOVE to hear from anybody with memories of this great theater and pictures!!!!

spectrum
spectrum on September 26, 2007 at 4:12 pm

According to the Annual Film Review of 1936, the Park Theatre had 1,600 seats.

martybearass
martybearass on March 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm

anyway I could get online file of this film review of 1936?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 4:54 am

Park Theatre closes (1964). An item in Boxoffice magazine of April 6, 1964 states:

Closes Park Theatre in Taunton, Mass.
TAUNTON, MASS. —– The Park Theatre has been closed, leaving the Strand as the town’s only operating motion picture theatre. Richard Bentley, attorney for the Park, ascribed its closing to “competition” and “lack of patronage.”

The theatre is owned by Mrs. Bentley, Mrs. Margaret Lawson and Mrs. Rosemary O'Neill, who have put it up for sale. The Park has a seating capacity of 1,600 and is known for having one of the largest stages in New England.

martybearass
martybearass on October 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Could you possibly send me article??? Marty

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 15, 2010 at 2:03 am

No, I don’t have it. And Boxoffice doesn’t seem to be available online any more. That’s where I read it. Anyway, I think I quoted the whole piece! It was a small item, not an article.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

The Park in Taunton is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 1200 seats and open daily.

DonMcKinnon
DonMcKinnon on June 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

The New Court House sits on the sites of the Park and Strand now.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the Park is listed under Paramount Theatres – Mullin & Pinanski circuit. The Strand in Taunton was also a M&P house at that time.

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