The theater was originally a vaudeville and movie theater - The Lane Court - when it opened in the 1920s, with a capacity of 900 people. In the 1960s, the theater became The Town Theatre, eventually showing adult films and featuring live burlesque. In the 1970s, it was purchased by Dale Niedermaier and John May, refurbished and re-opened as Park West, the music venue and special events space in May 1977. The 700-seat theater hosts a variety of bands, most of which perform classic rock or alternative rock. Aretha Franklin filmed her successful HBO concert there in 1985.