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Park Theater

2003 Photo from the Larry Williams collection.
130 Moraine Ave
Estes Park CO 80517
(970) 586-8904

Visit Website National Register 1984
Record #1755  
 Opened: 1915
Capacity: 280 seats
Architectural Style(s): Classical Revival
National Register: 1984    Bldg # 84000862
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Cliff Armitage.

The Historic Park Theatre is the oldest theatre west of the Mississippi River that was built as a motion picture theatre that is still operating Film Productions. The Park Theatre was constructed by J.L. Jackson in 1913. It was completed by C.H. Bond in 1914/15. Bond sold the building to Fred Jackson, who operated the theatre until 1922 when he sold it to Ralph Gwynn.

Gwynn added the landmark tower. This tower is termed the "Tower of Love", because Gwynn built it representing the beautiful love of his life. Gwynn operated the theatre until his death.

The theatre has been operated since 1968 by longtime locals Ola and Richard Stanger. The Stangers purchased the theatre in 1982 from Vic Walker and saved it from demolition, by having the theatre placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

The Park Theater hosts the annual Estes Park Film Festival in September.

 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

September 2021 photos from the Emma Tomiak collection.

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Photos from the Cliff Armitage collection.

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Last featured 2/16/2008. Last edited 9/13/2008.

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