Park Theatre

5723 N. 2nd Street,
Loves Park, IL 61111

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Functions: Retail

Styles: Quonset Hut

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Park Theatre

The Park Theatre was converted out of an Army surplus Quonset hut and opened on May 20, 1948 with Yvonne De Carlo in “Slave Girl”. It showed mainly second run movies until the late-1960’s or early-1970’s. Around that time, it became an adult movie house and operated for a few years until public pressure caused it to close in 1978.

In the 1960’s it was a great place for a date. You could see a double feature for 75 cents. It became a craft resale shop and by 2020 was in use as a CD/DVD store.

Contributed by Jim Gutshall

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

souledout4ever
souledout4ever on October 9, 2007 at 8:43 pm

how much would it cost to purchase the theatre and what would the terms of use and service be?

mp775
mp775 on December 10, 2007 at 9:37 am

The seats and screen are gone, the floor is leveled, and the whole interior is essentially one big room. Also, as the description states, the building itself is an old Quonset hut; except for the marquee, there isn’t a hint that this was ever a theater. It also happens to be functioning as a successful antiques/crafts mall.

A woman who works in the antiques mall said it was called the Loves Park Family Theater, though I can’t verify that.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

I have uploaded an interior photo as well as the grand opening ad for this cinema in the photo section of this theatre.

LouRugani
LouRugani on November 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I worked for nearby WLUV radio in 1970 and it had already been renamed the PARK ART Theatre with an adult format. Its management insisted on sponsoring WLUV’s Noon News, but the station refused to announce anything but the double-entendre film titles and times. In an attempt to assuade community objections, the PARK ART offered G-rated matinees on weekends.

booboo_babies
booboo_babies on June 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

I remember seeing “My Fair Lady”, the classic Audrey Hepburn film, here with my parents in the 1960s. I never went into this place after it became an adult theater, but I do remember people making jokes about it.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on October 30, 2020 at 9:00 am

The theatre has been repurposed to a music shop called CD Source, buying and selling CDs, DVDs, and the like. The marquee has been retained. Website: https://cdsourcerockford.com/

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