Park Theatre

834 W. Capitol Street,
Jackson, MS 39203

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Previous Names: Ray Theatre, Joy Theatre, Old Joy Theatre

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Park Theatre

The Ray Theatre opened in summer of 1941. On June 11, 1942 it was renamed Joy Theatre. From July 18, 1948 it was renamed Park Theatre. Seating was listed at 500. The theatre was operated by Associated Theatres when it closed in 1950.

The building is still standing vacant (in April 2019), last used as an attorney’s office and a company named Calculator Systems Inc.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Jerry Dallas’s Movie Theaters in Twentieth-Century Jackson, Mississippi gives the sequence of names this theater had as follows: Opened by the summer of 1941 as the Ray Theatre; renamed the Joy Theatre by 1943; renamed the Park Theatre from July 18, 1948, until closing in 1950.

The New Joy was a different theater, at 215 West Capitol Street, which had previously been called the Buck and the Gay. The operations of the Joy and the New Joy actually overlapped for about two and a half years.

rivest266 on August 23, 2021 at 10:05 am

This was renamed Joy on June 11th, 1942. Ad posted.

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