Park Rapids has always been a small town (3,709 population in 2016.) When I was little they had two movie theaters.
I know I saw Bambi and Old Yeller at The Royal. The Royal is now a bar that supposively serves the best hamburgers in Minnesota.
This is the Royal.
The other theater is called Park Theater.
July of 2010 they sandblasted and repainted the sign.
Here it is during the construction of September 2010 all repainted.
Monday night we learned that there was a fire at the theater.
No one was injured. From what we heard the damage was confined to the sign.
This marquee is iconic and Main Street would not be Main Street without it.
Main Street was busy, yes people park in the center of the street…the town was built in the late 1890’s and the Logging Companies would come in with their loads of logs on sleds or wagons depending on the time of year. The Main Street was wide enough to drop a load of logs at the lumber company and turn a team around in the street.
Nowadays there is diagonal parking on both side of the street and two lanes in the center for center parking.
There were a number of people taking photos of the damage.
This used to be one huge theater. A movie would stay about two weeks, so every two weeks you could “go to the show.” Nowadays it is three small theaters. Adam and I have been in all three…he is my movie going grand.