1992 Photo from the John Lewis collection
5 W North Ave|
|Record #15168 |
Capacity: 1007 seats|
Architect(s): Oliver Birkhead Wight
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Five West|
| Previously operated by: Loews Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Daniel Gibbs.
The grand theatre of midtown, the Parkway opened in 1915 and closed in 1985. Designed after the West End Theatre in London. This was until very recently one of the city's most fashionable sections. The theatre was originally equipped with a big Moller organ, but (unusual for a neighborhood theatre) maintained a house orchestra. Loew's took over the place in 1926 and installed a new Wurlitzer organ. It was redecorated then, and again in 1958, when it was renamed "5 West". The name never really took, because it has "PARKWAY THEATRE" carved in stone four stories above North Avenue. Other than some nasty water damage inside, the theatre is mostly intact.
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June 1992 photos from the John Lewis collection.
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