Park Theatre

5723 N. 2nd Street,
Loves Park, IL 61111

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Park Theatre

The Park Theatre was converted out of an Army surplus Quonset hut and opened on May 20, 1948 with Yvonne De Carlo in “Slave Girl”. It showed mainly second run movies until the late-1960’s or early-1970’s. Around that time, it became an adult movie house and operated for a few years until public pressure caused it to close in 1978.

In the 1960’s it was a great place for a date. You could see a double feature for 75 cents. It became a craft resale shop and by 2020 was in use as a CD/DVD store.

It was destroyed by fire on September 20, 2022.

Contributed by Jim Gutshall

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

souledout4ever on October 10, 2007 at 4:43 am

how much would it cost to purchase the theatre and what would the terms of use and service be?

mp775 on December 10, 2007 at 5:37 pm

The seats and screen are gone, the floor is leveled, and the whole interior is essentially one big room. Also, as the description states, the building itself is an old Quonset hut; except for the marquee, there isn’t a hint that this was ever a theater. It also happens to be functioning as a successful antiques/crafts mall.

A woman who works in the antiques mall said it was called the Loves Park Family Theater, though I can’t verify that.

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I have uploaded an interior photo as well as the grand opening ad for this cinema in the photo section of this theatre.

LouRugani on November 28, 2013 at 12:17 am

I worked for nearby WLUV radio in 1970 and it had already been renamed the PARK ART Theatre with an adult format. Its management insisted on sponsoring WLUV’s Noon News, but the station refused to announce anything but the double-entendre film titles and times. In an attempt to assuade community objections, the PARK ART offered G-rated matinees on weekends.

booboo_babies on June 28, 2018 at 8:54 pm

I remember seeing “My Fair Lady”, the classic Audrey Hepburn film, here with my parents in the 1960s. I never went into this place after it became an adult theater, but I do remember people making jokes about it.

Trolleyguy on October 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The theatre has been repurposed to a music shop called CD Source, buying and selling CDs, DVDs, and the like. The marquee has been retained. Website:

Khnemu on September 23, 2022 at 5:54 pm

The former Park Theater was destroyed by a fire on September 20th.

Also an AKA for this theater’s name should be added of Park Art.

LouRugani on September 24, 2022 at 12:12 am

LOVES PARK MUSIC STORE DESTROYED BY EARLY MORNING FIRE North 2nd Street was closed from Grand Avenue to Riverside Boulevard while firefighters battled the blaze. The building is a total loss and will be demolished, Evans said. The 3,500-square-foot structure was built in 1947 and is one of Loves Park’s oldest buildings, according to Evans. The building was originally a movie house called Park Theater. CD Source sells used compact discs, records, stereo equipment, video games and gaming systems. The business relocated from Rockford to Loves Park about four years ago. Calls and messages to the business were not returned Tuesday morning. (See photos.)

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