With Christmas just around the corner, you may be wondering about that special gift for the guy who seems to have everything. How about a dumbwaiter -- does he have one of those? A ticket booth? Or how about a popcorn machine with snack bar and candy display case ensemble for the foyer?
No? You're in luck. Those items and other old-style cinema artifacts are being sold off this weekend from the long-vacant Park Theatre movie house at 1275 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The theater has a date with the wrecking ball, but before it settles into dust, the public can purchase a part of its history from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3.
A crew from Whole House Building Supply has been cleaning up and pricing items that will be available for sale, including "gorgeous doors with wedge-shaped pieces of glass" that have welcomed movie-goers over the years, according to Paul Gardner, the company's owner.
Other items on the purchase list besides the doors, ticket booth, dumbwaiter and popcorn machine: movie theater seats, a projector screen, drapes and curtains, pulleys, two reels, marquee letters, Douglas fir stage flooring, fire hoses, a utility sink with wall faucet, and more.
Those interested in checking out the sale are encouraged to bring a flashlight, because it's "very dark inside," according to a Whole House Building Supply flier.
Park Theatre owner Howard "Sandy" Crittenden told the Almanac this week that the demolition date has not yet been set for the movie house, built in 1947 and closed since 2002. He said earlier that he plans to develop the property as office and retail space.