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I wish I had a camera with me when I visited the Polk sometime in the late 1990’s. This area was in shambles. The restrooms were in deplorable conditions. It looked like they had been vandalized.
I wonder where the ticket booth was located.
I’ve been to this theatre many times. I enjoy going during the early part of the day when it isn’t crowded and cheaper. I also like venturing out to Cobble Hill. I don’t like the design of this building. It’s too minimalist for my tastes.
Where did this great photo come from? Year? Hopefully someone will find a picture of the interior.
The current owner are putting it up for auction.
Looks like a room in a doll’s house
It’s a shame such a substantial building was demolished. Too bad it couldn’t hang on for the re-birth of the neighborhood.
I am going to try and visit the church that calls this building home. I want to take pictures of the interior to post them here. I guess I should first ask permission from the pastor.
They tore down this beauty and put up a monstrosity.
This is one of the theatres that I hope to see an interior picture of. The others are the Broadway, Gates, Marcy, and Aster.
I took the same picture today but not as good as this one.
UPDATE!!A court has halted the demolition of the theatre.
Didn’t it go to porn for a little bit?
Did this place start out as a legitimate movie theatre?
Anyone know what the status of the interior currently is?
This theatre is still viable. Lord, help me to hit the lottery and I’ll buy this place and set up a non-profit to run it.
Could I find information on some movie theatres in Motion Picture News?
WAVERLY (KWWL) –
UPDATE: Gary Nelson, President of Phoenix Theaters released a statement on the decision to abruptly close Palace Theatre in Waverly.
“"It has been announced with much sadness that the Palace Theater here in Waverly will be closing the business effective Monday, February 19th.
Back in 1999 the antiquated theater building was acquired and underwent a major renovation to resurrect the one time cornerstone of the downtown area on Bremer Avenue. “The project was taken on in hopes of being a springboard for further development in the downtown area”, states Gary Nelson, President of Phoenix Theaters the owner of the Palace. “Back in the 90’s the theater was identified as a key component of helping to jumpstart renewed interest in downtown development. The building and the theaters themselves had deteriorated to the point that there was only one working speaker in the main auditorium.”
The renovation created a new front lobby, main floor bathrooms, all new state of the art sound and projections systems and added a third screen to the building. Unfortunately, the success of the renovation was short lived. “The 2008 flood here in Waverly inundated the building with flood waters and forced the closing of the theater for a couple of months. Once it reopened 30% of the business just never returned, states Nelson. Shortly after the flooding, the industry moved to digital distribution of movies which made film on reels obsolete. New digital projection equipment was necessary to remain in the business and was invested in and installed.”
“The theater has continually struggled to cash flow and the Bremer Avenue reconstruction this past summer dropped business an additional 30% right during the peak spring/summer season and added to the struggle, Nelson said. The digital world is changing how consumers are getting their entertainment. Movie attendance in Waverly is half of what it was 15 years ago and it becomes increasingly difficult to operate a viable business. It becomes a vicious cycle of needing to keep the theater current and up to date but trying to do so with a dwindling level of support, Nelson explains. It really gets to a point where financially you can’t be proud of the product we are putting out there for the community”.
“Conversations over the past couple of years have centered on whether the Waverly community even wants a local theater, according to Nelson. Could the community get behind a “community theater” that might be owned by a non-profit type of community group? I don’t know the answer to that but for now the theater will be closed and the building/business will be put up for sale”.
“To me this is a sad day for the city of Waverly, states Nelson. Hopefully, something can come along that can utilize this historic building in downtown Waverly”.
I used to work at 810 7th Avenue and I believe I went into the Woolworths in 1989.
When they switched to showing Bollywood movies this theatre was thriving. Then it closed due to a strike in the Bollywood film industry. It never re-opened and it’s now a food market.
What a beauty. I visited the Eagle when it was showing porn.
I checked this place out while in Colorado Springs recently and it made me blush.
How did this gem escape destruction
What a beautiful auditorium.
I can only imagine what the interior looks like now