Georgetown Palace Theater

810 South Austin Avenue,
Georgetown, TX 78627

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Palace Theater 1942

The Palace Theater was built in 1925 by A.C. Moore of Bartlett, Texas. The grand opening was held in February 1926. It opened with silent films and three years later it went on to talkies.

The original buff brick building was remodeled in 1936 to its present day Art Deco style. It is reported to be the only Art Deco styled building in Georgetown.

The seating capacity in 1941 was listed as 500. It operated as a movie theatre until 1989 at which time it was the oldest continously operating movie theatre in Texas.

In 1989 the owner Jack Hall was faced with declining revenues, competing with 20 new movie screens in the area and outdated equipment. Mr. Hall put the property up for sale.

Concerned citizens formed the Georgetown Palace Theater, Inc. The group raised enough money to make a down payment and closed on the theatre sale in 1991.

The group cleaned and refurbished the theatre in a little over 90 days and it was ready to reopen.

Today the restored theatre operates as a non-profit Community Performing Arts facility. They have a mix of Broadway shows, live music performance and occaisional movies. Total seating for the refurbished theatre is 295. Movies were dropped from the programming in 2012.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Patsy on September 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm

After viewing the before and after photos it’s nice to see this art deco theatre restored to its former glory! I hope those who live or decide to move to Georgetown to retire use and support this cinema treasure off the courthouse square.

Patsy on September 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

It’s a shame that the Palace in Fredericksburg was lost to a western wear store titled Parts Unknown though they kept the Palace marquee and tile facade in place for all to enjoy though no movies are shown here anymore.

Patsy on September 21, 2009 at 8:15 pm

I would love to see some interior photos of this theatre…been in contact with a Georgetown resident who may be of help to me.

Patsy on December 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Chuck1231: Great flickr site with lots of history given. Thanks. I have friends who are moving to Georgetown TX in January so I’ll make sure they go see a movie at Palace often.

coweyhere on November 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Here are two photos of the Palace that I shot in December of 2009:

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Patsy on January 14, 2013 at 3:35 am

Does this theatre still show movies or just stage productions. The latest stage production was Dearly Beloved as a friend of mine is there now and went last night.

Patsy on January 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

That is what my friend told me…thanks for replying and of course…Aloha and Happy New Year, my CT friend.

Patsy on January 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

My friend enjoyed Dearly Beloved and said the acting was “first class and very delightful”.

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