Park 11 Theatre

501 North Orlando Avenue,
Winter Park, FL 32789

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Previously operated by: Wometco Theatres

Architects: A. Herbert Mathes

Previous Names: Park Theatre, Park Triple Theatre

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Park 11 Theatre

The Park Theatre opened April 7, 1965. Walt Disney built this theatre on the outskirts of town in nearby Winter Park. It was originally a two-screen theatre, operated by Wometco Theatres. It was triplexed on October 30, 1981 and then became 11 screens on May 24, 1991 before evolving into a discount house. It was closed in October 2007.

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filmhandler on October 24, 2007 at 11:09 pm

For the past year or so, this theatre has been operating on only 10 of the 11 screens. The property management took and stripped one of the original auditoriums and converted it to Retail Space.

The Projection booth was equipped with a 5 deck Christie to worked both projectors. There should be some pictures coming up soon on Cinema Tour.

jtrapp on January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I was sad to see this theater close, it’s now a gym.

I remember seeing a movie there when I was about 17 (1996) and getting home only to notice my wallet missing. To me it was the end of the world because I lost my driver’s lic., some pictures and probably some other random crap. I called the theater to ask if any found it but sadly no. Convinced it was there I went back the next day and search the theater only to find it stuck in the fold of the seat. I was so happy!

filmhandler on January 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

What’s sad is that the owner didn’t care about the theatre that had so much history.

RD— You’d be surprised at how many people loose their wallets right there. You can almost guarantee someone that says they lost something, that it’s caught right there.

I think someone actually lost an envelope that had over 2 grand in it, and they found it when they came back after the following showing got out.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 18, 2010 at 6:21 am

This theater opened as the Park East and Park West in 1965. Total seating at opening was 1,500, divided 600 and 900. It was operated by Wometco. A rendering of the proposed house, by architect A. Herbert Mathes, appeared in Boxoffice, December 31, 1964.

jimthesoundman on March 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

I remember the theater had a section of seats roped off for smokers in the late 60’s/early 70’s. You could see them flicking their lighters all through the movie.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

What killed thsi theater is Regal opened a 20 screen stadium theater right across the street.

Marlon Martinez
Marlon Martinez on September 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm

This was the theater where Walt Disney presented the “Florida Project.” He did so from the grave, as he filmed it seven years before his death.

rivest266 on November 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm

The East screen opened on April 7th, 1965 and the west screen opened on April 23rd, 1965. April 7th, 1965 grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on November 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

3 screens on October 30th, 1981. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on November 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm

11 screens on May 24th, 1991. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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