Park Theatre

1324 W. Shields Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93705

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Functions: Church

Previous Names: Little Folks Cinema, Park Adult Theatre, Cedar Lanes Plaza Theatre

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S.R. Catania and Antony A. Tony opened the Little Folks Theatre playing kids movies. The theatre appealed to 3-12 year olds. It opened July 3, 1970 with “Captain Sinbad” in Wondrascope and three cartoons. Fresno already had the Kiddie Kinema so the launch was puzzling, at best. The theatre celebrated its one year anniversary but closed a week later with “The Green Slime” and a cartoon on July 11, 1971.

The theatre relaunched as the Park Theatre on August 6, 1971 and a double feature of “The Incredible 2 Headed Transplant” and “Angel Unchained.” That theatre lasted two years before closing.

In August, 1974, the venue had transformed to an adult theatre showing Big John in “Ladies Home Companion” and “Title Censored”. It changed names to the Park Adult Theatre during its year and a half operation. The theatre appears to have closed on March 16, 1975 with “Hungry Girl” and “Surprise Young Starlet”. It was closed in January 1986.

In the 21st Century, the building was home to the Living Free Missionary Baptist Church.

Contributed by dallasmovietheaters

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rivest266 on February 9, 2021 at 10:58 pm

More info: August 1974 converted into an adult cinema and closed in 1979. It reopened as the Cedar Lanes Plaza showing adult movies on December 18th, 1981, and renamed Plaza in July 1982, and closed in 1986.

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