Hyde Park Theater
2718 Erie Avenue,
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Architects: Howard McClorey
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Park Cinema
The Hyde Park Theater was built in 1914 and remained with that name until 1983 when it was re-christened the Park Cinema which lasted until its closure in 1988. It always remained a single screen theater.
The theater has a lovely Art Moderne design probably dating from a 1940’s remodeling, including the marquee. When the theater was modernized again in the 1980’s, the concession stand was moved to inside the theater auditorium so the candy employees could see the screen as well as the paying audience. This candy counter was a detriment to the viewing of films because the candy personnel talked to each other throughout the film screenings which was unfortunate for the customer who had paid to hear and see the film. The theater decor was very tastefully done and you always got a friendly treatment from the staff.
Today the former theater houses a trendy clothing boutique.
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