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Mike Croaro
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From: Millbrae, CA
Registered: Apr 2005


 - posted 09-13-2005 05:18 PM      Profile for Mike Croaro   Email Mike Croaro   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Folks:

Bad news for people of the Berkeley/Lafayette area. Renaissance Rialto, Inc. has just announced that they will close their Park Theatre this Sunday. The property has been sold. This weekend they will present three of the Parks most popular films.

For those unfamiliar, the Park is a single screen cinema seating approx 350 people. Built in the 40's or 50's it is a very cozy theatre in a sleepy neighborhood. What a huge blow this is! [puke]

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Eric Hooper
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 - posted 09-13-2005 06:02 PM      Profile for Eric Hooper   Email Eric Hooper   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yes, I knew this was coming, unfortunately. The good news is they're using the $$ to install new seats at the Grand Lake!!

I'll be at the Park this weekend to say farewell..

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Aaron Sisemore
Flaming Ribs beat Reeses Peanut Butter Cups any day!

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From: Rockwall TX USA
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 - posted 09-13-2005 10:47 PM      Profile for Aaron Sisemore   Email Aaron Sisemore   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Such a nice place too. Last time I was there the union operator was still running 6000' changeovers on their E-7's.

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At least the Park's sister theatres are still operating:

The Lark, in Larkspur CA:

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and The Noyo, in Willits CA:

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All three locations when singles (the Noyo is now a triplex and the Lark has had extensive remodeling of its booth and lobby) were identical except for dimension (some were smaller some were larger but the floorplan/layout and cosmetics were practically identical)

-Aaron

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Scott D. Neff
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From: San Francisco, CA
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 - posted 09-14-2005 01:18 PM      Profile for Scott D. Neff   Author's Homepage   Email Scott D. Neff   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This does suck indeed.

I'll try and get down there for photos this weekend. Last I was in their booth they were still running 6000' changeovers.

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Eric Hooper
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 - posted 09-14-2005 04:58 PM      Profile for Eric Hooper   Email Eric Hooper   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
And they were still running changeovers when I saw Red Betsy and Garden State there earlier this year.

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Mike Croaro
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 - posted 09-17-2005 10:55 AM      Profile for Mike Croaro   Email Mike Croaro   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Eric; Other:

Is the Cinearts @ Pleasant Hill also slated for closure? It was suggested so on the "cinematreasures.com" website.

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Eric Hooper
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They've been wanting to demolish that for a while. Hasn't happend yet... There was some sort of campaign, just as mentioned on the cinematreasures about saving it. I don't know the exact status of it now. I do know they've been extensively remodeling and building up the mall surrounding the theatre. That Cinearts seems to do brisk business.

Will be at the Park tonight for Cinema Paradiso...

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Bob Koch
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 - posted 09-18-2005 02:38 PM      Profile for Bob Koch   Email Bob Koch   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The Park was`nt built in the fifties because I worked there in 1942-3 before I went overseas. Had Western Electric universal base, 46 amplifier[all 9 watts of it] Motiograph Model F`s and Brenkert Senarc[1kw] lamps. All used stuff, nothing new available because of the war. Joe and Abe Blumenfeld and "Brick Laws" built the theatre. Was union when I worked there, Local 169 Oakland.

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