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Not sure where to put this, but the building that was the old Park Theater on North Park street is no more. It partially collapsed Sunday and was torn down earlier this week.

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I noticed last Thursday that the roof in the front was collapsed and it was surrounded with caution tape.  Since it was for sale I was hoping it was sold and someone was remodeling it. On Wealthy Street it would be just your typical rehab job.  I was thinking about posting something here to see if anyone knew what was going on but obviously I didn’t

Surprised you knew it had been a theater.  Never went there but when I was a kid my father would   sometimes take me to a barbershop across the street and I’d see it.  It was still operating back then but I think only on week-ends.  Movie theaters seemed glamorous to me back then.  This area hadn’t been annexed to Grand Rapids back then and as you headed north there was a sign on Monroe at three mile just past the border to Grand Rapids at the old soldiers home  that read “North Park unincorporated.”  Always remember that because I didn’t know what unincorporated meant.  

Can’t find an image of it when it was actually a theatre but here is a short article about it from the historical commission: 
North Park Theater

Here’s another from the waterwinterwonderland site:

more about the theater

 

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31 minutes ago, walker said:

I noticed last Thursday that the roof in the front was collapsed and it was surrounded with caution tape.  Since it was for sale I was hoping it was sold and someone was remodeling it. On Wealthy Street it would be just your typical rehab job.  I was thinking about posting something here to see if anyone knew what was going on but obviously I didn’t

Surprised you knew it had been a theater.  Never went there but when I was a kid my father would   sometimes take me to a barbershop across the street and I’d see it.  It was still operating back then but I think only on week-ends.  Movie theaters seemed glamorous to me back then.  This area hadn’t been annexed to Grand Rapids back then and as you headed north there was a sign on Monroe at three mile just past the border to Grand Rapids at the old soldiers home  that read “North Park unincorporated.”  Always remember that because I didn’t know what unincorporated meant.  

Can’t find an image of it when it was actually a theatre but here is a short article about it from the historical commission: 
North Park Theater

Here’s another from the waterwinterwonderland site:

more about the theater

 

As of October it was in the process of being torn down due to structure failures.

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On 12/8/2017 at 8:52 AM, walker said:

I noticed last Thursday that the roof in the front was collapsed and it was surrounded with caution tape.  Since it was for sale I was hoping it was sold and someone was remodeling it. On Wealthy Street it would be just your typical rehab job.  I was thinking about posting something here to see if anyone knew what was going on but obviously I didn’t

Surprised you knew it had been a theater.  Never went there but when I was a kid my father would   sometimes take me to a barbershop across the street and I’d see it.  It was still operating back then but I think only on week-ends.  Movie theaters seemed glamorous to me back then.  This area hadn’t been annexed to Grand Rapids back then and as you headed north there was a sign on Monroe at three mile just past the border to Grand Rapids at the old soldiers home  that read “North Park unincorporated.”  Always remember that because I didn’t know what unincorporated meant.  

Can’t find an image of it when it was actually a theatre but here is a short article about it from the historical commission: 
North Park Theater

Here’s another from the waterwinterwonderland site:

more about the theater

 

I live close by and some of the older neighbors mentioned it. I'll see if any of them have some photos.

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Interesting. I never knew it was a theater. I lived near here from 1988-2003. Although it's sad to see the building go as the original looked cool, maybe this will spur some development since the buildings here are kinda run down.

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