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Check out the new website for Palace Theatre:
On June 9, 2015, Fox News 29 of San Antonio, Texas did a feature story about the Seguin Cine Museum at the Palace:
SEGUIN CINE MUSEUM EXPANDS
A project of Seguin-based Davideo Productions and Seguin Theatres, Inc., the Seguin Cine Museum is pleased to announce its expansion which took 3 years of planning and development. The museum’s home is at the Historic Palace Theatre on 314 South Austin Street in Seguin, Texas.
The Seguin Cine Museum, first launched in 2009, is a collection of historical motion picture films, cameras, editing equipment, and related memorabilia. It covers the history of entertainment mediums since 180 A.D. to the present. Various film formats are included such as 70mm IMAX, 65mm, 35mm, 28mm, 22mm Kinetoscope, 17.5mm, 16mm, 15.5mm, 13mm, 11mm, 9.5mm, Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 4.75mm widescreen, UltraPan8 widescreen, paper roll films, zoetrope strips, praxinoscope discs, magic lantern slides, and the like. Unlike other “movie museums”, this museum focuses on the “behind-the-scenes nuts and bolts” of the film industry rather than glamorous movie stars. Here, the real stars are the cameras and projectors.
Museum co-founder David H. Pierce of Davideo Productions, states that “it’s important to document and preserve these historical artifacts of motion picture history especially in this digital age and to show what the equipment looks like that has helped create memorable moving images since their inception. We are pleased to be able to educate the public about these technologies.”
Museum co-founder H.A. “Dan” Daniels of Seguin Theatres, Inc. adds that “we are excited about the expansion of this museum at our theater which has a lot of history of its own. The theater was built in 1948 and we have firsthand seen many evolving technological changes in the film industry since that time. We are happy to share that history with the public.”
The museum also has opportunities for educational institutions to bring students to the museum for field trips. It has hands-on interactive items for students to inspect and will provide stop motion animation workshops on a request basis.
It also presents special programs about film history in the theater. On the slate is a new short film produced by Daniels and Pierce which is entitled A FEAST FOR THE EYES. This film is a history of the development of motion pictures since 180 A.D with various early films highlighted. Special presentations of historical films are planned for the future as part of the museum’s educational mission.
The museum is open for viewing on an appointment basis or during events being held at the Palace. For more information, contact David H. Pierce at
The Palace has two screens, not one as this is a twin cinema. Main one has 350 seats and the upstairs has 160 seats. It’s very active now and its new Web page is at www.seguintheatres.com
The Texas Theatre sign was just recently renovated by the Seguin Conservation Society. It’s back to its original glory now. I have a photo if someone can help post it here.
314 S. Austin is the address for the Palace Theatre. Texas Theatre is further down the road and is next door to the Seguin Chamber of Commerce on 427 N. Austin St. Both the Palace and Texas Theatre were founded by the same family.
35mm films are resuming at the Palace Theatre on a periodical basis. Refer to www.davideo.tv under MOVIES and NEWS.
David H. Pierce