Built in 1911, The Park Theater is the premier entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Glens Falls, NY. This century-old theater holds a vast and rich history within the community and has been revitalized as a destination for performing arts, weddings, events and more!
The Park Theater Opened its Doors
The Park Theater opened its doors on December 23, 1911 as the first movie theater in Glens Falls. The town gathered to watch silent films and vaudeville shows until the theater’s closure in 1935.
The Glens Falls Post Co Era
The Glens Falls Post Co., publishers of The Post-Star, purchased the building and converted it into a printing plant.
Dr. Harold Kirkpatrick
Dr. Harold Kirkpatrick, a local plastic surgeon, bought the building and worked on improving it with hopes of using it as a performing arts center. He rented the space out for occasional concerts.
Entrepreneur Jerry Aratare
Entrepreneur Jerry Aratare renovated and reopened The Park as a movie theater, salvaging furnishings and a refurbished 35mm projector from past theater projects.
Purchased by Elizabeth Miller
In July 2014, local developer Elizabeth Miller (president of Miller Mechanical) purchased the property from the Kirkpatrick family and began a several years-long renovation project with the help of AJA Architecture and Planning and Cifone Construction Co.
The Park Theater Reopens
The Park Theater reopened as a state-of-the-art performing arts center, featuring national and international touring performers, as well as local community artists and productions. The new renovation included an upscale restaurant, named in memory of Dr. Kirkpatrick, “Doc’s Restaurant.”
At the end of The Park Theater’s 2019/20 season the world began to shut down, following safety concerns regarding a virus later identified as COVID-19. The Park Theater rediscovered its movie theater roots by offering ‘Dinner & A Movie’ events in a safe and socially distanced setting.
The Park Theater Foundation
The Park Theater Foundation was established, launching its inaugural outdoor Summer Concert Series and highly anticipated 2021/22 season.