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Willburg145 commented about Waverly Palace Theatre on Feb 21, 2018 at 2:36 am

WAVERLY (KWWL) – UPDATE: Gary Nelson, President of Phoenix Theaters released a statement on the decision to abruptly close Palace Theatre in Waverly.

It reads:

“"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”.

Willburg145 commented about Earl Carroll Theatre on Feb 3, 2018 at 2:34 pm

I used to work at 810 7th Avenue and I believe I went into the Woolworths in 1989.

Willburg145 commented about Eagle Theater on Feb 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm

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.

Willburg145 commented about Eagle Theater on Feb 3, 2018 at 2:26 pm

What a beauty. I visited the Eagle when it was showing porn.

Willburg145 commented about Ambassador Adult Theater on Dec 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

I checked this place out while in Colorado Springs recently and it made me blush.

Willburg145 commented about Fillmore on Nov 3, 2017 at 9:20 pm

How did this gem escape destruction

Willburg145 commented about Dyckman Theatre on Nov 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

What a beautiful auditorium.

Willburg145 commented about Loew's Grand Theater on Nov 1, 2017 at 5:50 am

I can only imagine what the interior looks like now

Willburg145 commented about 1994 photo credit Simon Cygielski. on Oct 17, 2017 at 2:08 am

I guess anyone could walk right in.

Willburg145 commented about Savoy Theatre on Oct 9, 2017 at 11:02 pm

Wow, I wonder what it looked like when during its last days. This was gorgeous.

Willburg145 commented about Peter Falk in a scene from TV's "Naked City" in 1963. Photo courtesy of Bob Greenhouse. on Oct 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Shame there are no interior pictures.

Willburg145 commented about Cobble Hill Cinemas on Oct 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm

When was it built? Any photos of the original interior? I went there today to see Victoria and Abdul. Interesting little place. I’ll be going back since the early movies are 9 bucks.

Willburg145 commented about Adonis Theatre on Sep 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

How did you get this great picture? I thought the balcony was closed off. I remember looking up once and I saw the balcony and was fascinated by how big the balcony area was. Great theatre. I’m glad I got to see it before it was destroyed

Willburg145 commented about 1928 Boyd auditorium facing balcony on Sep 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

What a terrible loss

Willburg145 commented about Loew's Delancey Theater on Sep 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

I wonder where the photos of the interior might be? I assume that photos were taking sometime during the theatre’s history. I’m sure we’d all like to know

Willburg145 commented about Coliseum Theatre on Aug 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

I wonder how the congregation feels about someone coming in and taking pictures? I would love to see the interior.

Willburg145 commented about Center Cinemas on Aug 12, 2017 at 10:47 am

To those of us who love movie theatres, we don’t care about the business model. That said, I agree with other posters that any owner of a movie theatre can not pass up millions of dollars for their property.

Willburg145 commented about Century Theatre on Jul 4, 2017 at 7:48 am

What a shame they tore down the Century. What a beautiful building. The area where the Gates and Monroe theatres were has undergone a transformation. Gentrification has taken root.

Willburg145 commented about Kingsbridge Theatre on Jul 4, 2017 at 7:18 am

I wonder if it was an ornate interior.

Willburg145 commented about Metropolitan Theatre on Jun 12, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Why was it so sleazy? I am intrigued

Willburg145 commented about Jackson Heights Cinema on Jun 9, 2017 at 2:46 pm

There was a gay club on the second floor

Willburg145 commented about Jackson Heights Cinema on Jun 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Makes me so sad to see this old photo and know it’s now gone. But that said, the money the owner was able to get for the land was too much to pass up.

Willburg145 commented about Bleecker Street Cinemas on Jun 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Wow, why did the people complain about a little porn theater in their midst?

Willburg145 commented about Sunshine Cinema on May 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm

According to the gothamist, the Sunshine is closing.

Willburg145 commented about Pilgrim Theatre on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:51 am

Are all the theatres in the picture gone?