Park Rapids, MN - Fire damages Park Rapids movie theater

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on July 25, 2017 at 6:47 am


From Valley News Live: Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire at a well known classic movie theater in the Valley.

According to reports the marquee sign at the Park Theater in downtown Park Rapids caught fire Monday night.

The fire started about 7:00 p.m. and the Park Rapids Fire Department posted on Facebook for people to give them room on the busy street so they could do their job.

About two dozen people were in the theater at the time, everyone made it out safely.

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Comments (19)

terrywade on July 25, 2017 at 8:24 am

Looks like a electric neon type fire or was the marquee even on? Hope they can save the main theatre.

ted87 on March 11, 2019 at 3:34 am

thought he was all right, the fire was extinguished on time!

SkippingLegDays on July 27, 2020 at 2:32 pm

Another historical gem lost due to negligence. Let’s try to keep our properties safe, people. Don’t leave open fires unattended and periodically check the condition of your wirings throughout the building. If you need somebody to restore your shop and make it look brand new, give a call.

SkippingLegDays on October 4, 2020 at 2:42 pm

UPDATE: I passed by this theatre today and the place looks better now than it did before! I heard saw its potential, rebuilt the whole place, and made it look like it was only a week old. Cheers to them for restoring this piece of American theatre history.

SkippingLegDays on December 17, 2020 at 3:21 pm

It’s already been 3 months and I still miss how the old theatre looks. Now that I think about it, this place was what we at used to frequent almost every other Saturday.

MovieLover85 on March 11, 2021 at 4:25 pm

Really enjoy old movie theaters, I used to go with my grandfather decades ago every Saturday!TeeSpring

He would alwaysgiveme raisinettes!

RukharRobson on March 22, 2021 at 5:19 am

It’s a shame we lost another gem due to negligence. I’ll hit up my chaps at and see if we can do any charity event or fund a donation.

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