Park Theatre

286 Worthington Street,
Springfield, MA 01103

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Previously operated by: Poli

Previous Names: Poli's Theatre

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Prior to becoming the Park Theatre in 1913, this house was for almost a decade Poli’s Theatre. Sylvester Poli took over the existing theatre in 1904 and had it rebuilt, but had outgrown the venue by 1913, when he built Poli’s Palace farther down Worthington Street.

As the Park Theatre, the house had a very brief run, being destroyed by a fire on March 1, 1914.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

A January 24, 1904, article from the Springfield Republican (unfortunately behind a paywall) says that Sylvester Poli intended to lease the Grand Opera House at Springfield and rebuild it as a ground-floor theater. The reason I’m not assuming that this theater was the Grand Opera House is because I can find no other references to a theater of that name in Springfield. It isn’t even listed in any of the Cahn guides that are available on the Internet.

It is clear from other sources that Poli’s Theatre in Springfield was an existing house (Poli had not yet built his first theater, having spent the early years of his career adding existing theaters to his circuit), but I’d like to find at least one more source saying that the Grand Opera House was the theater in Springfield that he took over in 1904, or at least confirming the existence of a theater of that name in Springfield.

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