Lafayette’s Park Theater got a thorough scrubbing from a team of dedicated volunteers Saturday, a cleanup crew from the local Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary HOME Team pulling out the stops and power washers to get the old movie house gleaming again.
The Park, recently purchased by a citizen’s group determined to get the storied movie house back up and serving as a contributing community member, was scrubbed and primped by a squad of hard-working volunteers.
The campaign to purchase, remodel and re-launch the small but streamlined Park Theater as a re-visioned model of suburban re-use took a significant step forward recently when the deco-ish cinema was purchased by a community trust.
Close of escrow was celebrated by the community-based Park Theater Trust (TPTT) with the announcement of a partnership agreement between TPTT and practiced movie-house operators Adam Bergeron and Jaimi Holker of CinemaSF in San Francisco.
Though the effort remains $5 million away from the funding needed to bring TPTT’s vision of a modernized, two-theater, ADA accessible cinema complete with a rooftop bar to Lafayette, the group hopes the partnership and CinemaSF’s first foray into the East Bay will result in showings of first-run art and indie films in a suburban location.
Plans are to reopen the Park in 2023, with interested parties or, perhaps, a person with very deep pockets able to access additional information about the effort at www.parktheatertrust.org.