Park Theatre to open Aug. 5

Published: 7/28/2021 3:33:58 PM

After a 20-year quest, The Park Theatre will open its doors on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Park Theatre was the center of year-round entertainment from the day it opened its doors in 1922 until it presented its last film in 1976. A group of Jaffrey residents had the vision to re-open the theatre to enhance Jaffrey’s downtown and in 2005 a nonprofit was formed, and fundraising to acquire the property commenced. In 2006, the original theatre was purchased and in 2013, the board of trustees decided the best way to keep the theatre going for the next 100 years was to build a new two auditorium complex with technology and building features that would make it one of the most unique venues in New England.

“This project is the culmination of the efforts of more than 1,000 people. We are so proud to present the new theatre to our town, the region, and New England. Recently retired board president, Caroline Hollister relentlessly held the torch to see that The Park Theatre would be a reality,” said Nancy Belletete, board president of The Park Theatre.

“We can’t wait for our fans, supporters, and new guests to visit the theatre and experience an astounding live performance and film center … The variety of entertainment will be wide. There will be something for everyone including concerts, plays, dance, comedy, magic, storytelling, speakers plus workshop programs in film and theatre for children and adults,” said Steve Jackson, CEO and Managing Director of The Park Theatre.

After the ribbon-cutting, two classic films will be presented as part of a “Quarter Day” in the two auditoriums, “Field of Dreams” and the 1950 Walt Disney production of “Cinderella.” The ticket price will be 25 cents for either film. Popcorn for those films will be 10 cents.

Regular movies will begin that evening with upcoming events scheduled into November.

Tickets for August events can be purchased online at theparktheatre.org or by calling the box office (603) 532-8888.


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