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htdmedia commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 14, 2004 at 11:01 am

I think I may have information on this theatre that MJC is talking about. The always forgotten about Red Mill Theatre is on James before you hit York Blvd. It is above what is now Harvest Moon Restaurant (formerly Fortune Village and also the Tivoli Restaurant.) It wasn’t a movie house but a vaudeville theatre that has connections to the Tivoli and I’m assuming the Grand Opera Hotel as there are rumours of a tunnel that ran under James Street connecting the two locations so performers could get from spot to spot without heading outdoors. The Red Mill was used recently as a banquet hall for the chinese restaurants that have occupied the location, also a performing space for rock bands (i’ve played the stage) and there was a time in the late 90’s where it became the Red Mill Dinner Theatre. The stage is small width wise but very high – it has a very detailed wreath like design that surrounds the edging of the stage and what appears to be a woman’s face at the very top. The more recent decor includes golden dragons at the back of the stage with glowing red eyes and vintage Chinese lanterns that serve as chandeliers. It’s been years since I’ve been there – most definitely one of Downtown’s hidden treasures!