Parkway Theatre

4211 27th Street,
Moline, IL 61265

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Previously operated by: ABC Theatres

Architects: Henry George Greene

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Parkway Theatre

The Parkway Theatre was a large single screen movie house located next to the Southpark Mall. It was opened March 20, 1970 with Gregory Peck in “Marooned”. It was closed on September 13, 1992 with Harrison Ford in “Patriot Games”.

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MikeGeater on October 8, 2001 at 5:27 pm

This theatre was one of three built on a similar floor plan in the middle to late 60’s by ABC TriStates Theatres. (The other two were the Plazas in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. They were designed by Henry George Greene of ABC Theatres.) All three theatres featured rocking chair seating, large screens complete with drapes, and 70mm projection. Due to their basic floor plan, they were extremely efficient theatres to operate. I managed each of these theatres either as manager or as vacation relief manager.

cinejim on June 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I was the chief projectionist at the Parkway from 10/79 to 2/88. The sound system was updated with a Dolby CP100 and BGW amps for Star Trek The Motion Picture. 70mm showings included Empire, Jedi, Quest For Fire, Brainstorm to name a few. It was a great theater to work at with a wonderful staff.

JeffAdamson on May 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

For years, the Parkway Theater had the best sound and screen. You would hope the movie you really wanted to see would opened there first.

dustyalldaylong on August 8, 2012 at 1:34 am

I saw Return of the Jedi at the Parkway Theater. I couldn’t remember the name of the theater until I found it on this site. Hopefully someone will post a picture.

Darrin64 on May 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I worked/managed at 5 different Quad Cities theatres from 1982 – 2010, and I think this one was my favorite of them all.

Coate on May 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

What company operated the Parkway during the early 1980s?

filmfanperspective on August 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

I’ve added a pic from 1983 when I saw Return of the Jedi. It happened to be the same night as a balloon night nearby. I do miss this theater.

rivest266 on July 2, 2017 at 4:27 am

This opened on march 20th, 1970. Grand opening ad in photo section. Article

TimReed on April 24, 2020 at 2:46 pm

The Parkway opened with 35MM, 70 was added by moving (2) JJ2 Centurys from the closed Times 70 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

rivest266 on May 3, 2022 at 4:09 pm

Posted another ad that is not cut up.

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