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The Palace Theatre in Colorado City has now re-opened and is called the 3M Palace Theatre. I have not been able to attend a show there but will soon.
It looks almost exactly the same as the photos here, only the top part is now beige with the same red stripe designs, and the vertical “Palace” sign is now gone. The marquee looks exactly the same.
For a while in the early 2000’s the theatre was a secondhand store. The concession stand area looked pretty much intact but all the theatre seats had been removed.
Here is a myspace page with some information about the theatre and a small current photo.
Here is a photo of the Tower Theatre from 1950.
It will take a little more research to find where it was located as the building does not appear to exist any more.
The Yucca’s main attraction is the vaudeville type show called Summer Mummers.
Other live performances are held occasionally throughout the year such as the annual “Broadway in the Basin” show.
The main floor has been converted to “cabaret” tiered seating with folding chairs and tables. A large bar is present in the lobby serving margaritas, beer etc.
The balcony still has its theatre seats intact.
There are chambers on either side of the stage for a theatre organ, but due to the coming of the Great Depression, the organ was never installed.
A “moviola” is shown during Summer Mummers but it is shown from a video projector at the balcony rail. I don’t think there is any film projection equipment left in the booth.
The Howard Hodge theatre building is still in existance. It now serves as the Midland Downtown Lions' Club. The floor has been leveled to be flat but the stage and projection ports are still present.
The theatre now has three screens but was originally opened with two. The third screen was installed in 2007.
We attended the Pecos Theatre in Santa Rosa in 2004…it was a little run down but had a fairly large crowd for the show. It has just a single level, no balcony. The theatre used carbon arc lamps and a Ballantyne Sound-Master tube type sound system. The projection booth is accessed by a ladder which goes up from the concession stand so if only one person is working at the theatre, he can sell tickets and snacks and still operate the projectors.
Here is a 2004 photo, it is at the bottom of this page:3
Here are some photos of the Ritz Theatre. It is no longer an active nightclub.