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Pieces of the Park sold off as old theater prepped for final curtain

Original post made on Nov 5, 2013

They may not ever see their names on a movie house marquee, but many of the shoppers at the Park Theatre pre-demolition sale last weekend reached for the next best thing: marquee letters big and small.

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

This just makes me sick. What a shame the Park Theater couldn't have been saved. As kids, our mom drove us to the Park Theater every Saturday afternoon in the 1940s and early 1950s where, for 15 cents, we watched a full-length movie, a newsreel, cartoons, and a serial episode. Too bad this wonderful piece of Menlo Park history is being destroyed. This is very disappointing, and just so upsetting.

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Posted by gavino
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Early on a Sunday morning shortly after the Park Theater was closed in 2002, Mr. Crittenden destroyed the fabulous neon sign that graced the theater's marquee, thus creating instant blight from an economically viable building and leading to its inevitable demise. Perhaps some of us thought that Stanford University initially came up with this tactic on its El Camino strip of "abandoned" car lots by promoting the idea that restrictive zoning was the cause of their blight. Meanwhile they worked behind the scenes to gain new & greater zoning entitlements to be exercised once their long term leases, for which they were still receiving income, expired in 2013. At least Stanford's old uses were honestly no longer relevant, unlike Mr. Crittenden's theater property that he apparently could only see as his retirement golden egg when scraped away and converted to office space.