Park Theatre, Menlo Park, CA 1995 exterior / photo by Gary Parks, Theatre Historical Society

Menlo Park, CA – Park Theatre plans take shape in Menlo Park

Owner may build office space, retail on El Camino Real site

Park Theatre, Menlo Park, CA 1995 exterior / photo by Gary Parks, Theatre Historical Society

Park Theatre, Menlo Park, CA 1995 exterior / photo by Gary Parks, Theatre Historical Society

by Sandy Brundage
Almanac Staff

The peeling façade of the long-vacant Park Theatre may give way to a mix of office space and retail, according to owner Howard Crittenden.

“I am working with my architect reviewing options on developing the site,” he told the Almanac on Dec. 20. “I have met with the city and find our big hurdle will be the historic nature of the building. The city (has) been most helpful, offering directions that will hopefully result in a successful application.”

Plans for renovating the property at 1275 El Camino Real gathered steam after the Menlo Park City Council approved the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan earlier this year.

Source: http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=12748

One Comment

  1. Gary Parks

    The original architect of the Park was Otto Deichmann, who also designed the Garden Theatre in San Jose. Here’s hoping that the facade will be refurbished as part of the new development. Most of the interior has been painted over, but the auditorium ceiling still bears Skouras-like leaf and ribbon designs on the plaster covering the arched structural vault beams. Amazingly, a wide screen was never placed in front of the Park’s original proscenium and megaphone-like surround. This made it necessary to sit far down in front when seeing movies, if one wanted to be more thoroughly enveloped in the picture.

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