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What do You Remember About the Park Theatre in Caldwell?

The Park Theatre was a beloved destination and landmark in Caldwell from 1925 until it burnt down in 1974. What do you remember about it?

Several of you have been reminiscing during the past couple days about the beloved Park Theatre that stood on the corner of Forest and Bloomfield avenues in Caldwell from 1925 to 1974 — when it burnt down in a terrible fire. 

Here are some pictures from the Caldwell Public Library's Local History Collection to help spur more of your memories.

Although we don't have exact dates for most of these photos, we can begin to place them by looking at what’s on the theatre marquee in each picture: The Last Time I Saw Paris, starring Elizabeth Taylor, and Athena, starring Jane Powell, both came out in 1954. A Nun’s Story starring Audrey Hepburn was released  in 1959. Woody Allen's What’s up Tiger Lily, Sleeper, and Bananas were the last titles ever put up on the Park Theatre marquee — the triple feature visible through the flames.

Those of you who remember the Park Theatre, please continue to share your wonderful stories!

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nvonsee@aol.com April 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I remember the Park Theater, I was a cashier there while I was attending Grover Cleveland High School. It was my first job.
WCaldResident April 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM
What was the cause of the fire?
gregory l. mitchell April 17, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Dee Dee:That is a good question.I'm wondering if a cause was ever found,I cannot remember.I do remember that the rubble remained in place for 2 or 3 years or so.I don't see that an insurance investigation would have taken that long,but who knows?Perhaps they did discover the cause and Parker Teed was just waiting for a buyer of the property.I'm sure there are several in town that do have the answers to these questions,however I do not.The bank however is an attractive structure in my opinion. Respectfully,Gregory L.Mitchell,W.Caldwell
Janet April 25, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I was there the night before the fire...seeing a Woody Allen movie. I think it was a Friday night...

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