The Park Theatre is dubbed the oldest motion picture theatre in the United States. So, what a treat it must be to be able to experience this historic attraction located in Estes Park, Colorado. You can attend live performances and movie screenings throughout the year in the downtown theatre district of Estes.
Theatre & Cafe in Estes Park
The building was designed in 1913 by J.R. Anderson and was completed by C.H. Bond. It was then managed by Fred Jackson until 1922 and was later sold to Ralph Gwynn. Four years after, as a symbol of the love of his life, he built the tower which is known as the Tower of Love. Gwynn lovingly operated the theatre until he passed away.
Vic Walker bought the theatre in 1963 and sought the help of Gwynn’s friend John Ramey. With their collaborative efforts, they kept the theatre running. Ola and Mickey Stranger managed the Park Theatre in 1968 and while they initially leased the building from Walker, they were able to eventually buy it from him in 1982.
When Mickey and Ola passed away in 2003 and 2005, respectively, their remaining family continued their efforts to supervise the historic Estes Park treasure. The remarkable vintage gem was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Anyone is welcome to drop by and visit the Park Theatre where you can enjoy movies or live performances.
The old meets the new with its Dolby-3D surround theatre which screens timeless classics, documentaries, independent films, and blockbuster movies. They also host performances from local bands and artists. The movie-themed menu serves up American diner classics, like homemade sandwiches, soups, salads, and quiche. Stop by for a bite to eat and check out this historic screening room.
Address: 130 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO