Palace Theatre

1142 Euclid Avenue NE,
Atlanta, GA 30307

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Discovered this theatre while pursing through archives of the Atlanta Constitution. My initial thought was that it had to be either the Variety or the Little 5 Points, but the street number didn’t match up with either. Although I’ve made several visits to the Little Five Points area over the years, I had no idea that the ever was a third theatre there. If anyone has any additional information of the Palace, please update.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Don K.
Don K. on June 27, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Jack – Any idea if this building was constucted on the site of a demolished theater, or if the original theater building might have undergone a drastic renovation. As I recall, the back of this row of shops in Little Five Points did not suggest the outline of a theater auditorium. Of course, I could be wrong. Just wondering …?

JackCoursey on June 27, 2007 at 3:21 pm

I do not know. The architecture of the current structure seems to suggest that it was built in or around the time the theatre was in operation. This one is a mystery.

Don K.
Don K. on June 29, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Maybe the auditorium was demolished and the foyer/lobby was renovated. Just speculation. I knew this area very well from childhood. Used to see a lot of movies at the Euclid Theatre as a kid. Thanks, Jack!

1234 on July 1, 2007 at 2:02 pm

The Palace theatre was the first of the suburban theatres that Alpha Fowler opened in the mid 1920’s He also opened the West End,Fairfax, and Tenth Street theatres. The Palace by 1928 had a small Kimball Theatre organ, I have an ad for the Palace stating “the little theatre with a big pipe organ” Somewhere in my notes I have the opening dates and the location, as soon as I can dig through them, I will post that information. From what I have been able to find out is that all these theatre’s had a somewhat spanish influence in there decorations
(Especially the Tenth Street)

Don K.
Don K. on July 1, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Thanks J. for the info! The Tenth Street Theatre was definitely in the Spanish style. By the time I saw the West End Theatre it was no longer operating as a movie house but was being used as Cantrell’s Bookstore. So, it was hard to say in that case. The Spanish architectural style was prevalent in the 1920’s. You still see many surviving examples of the style from that era in Los Angeles.

1234 on July 4, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Don, just for information I have just posted opening dates for many of the pre WWII Atlanta theatres, Also check out my recent postings on the Following downtown theatres Paramount, Roxy, and Capitol. You will be directed to another web site for these theatres, since these articles are so long,
lots of exterior and interior photos, let me know what you think.
Speaking of the Tenth Street Theatre I am working on an article about it, Have some nice exterior photo’s and the color rendering from the tile company that provided the fountain that was in the lobby.

1234 on September 8, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Talked with a lady who remembers going to the Palace in its later years. The entrance to the theatre was at the address listed for the theatre, and was very small taking up the center section of the group of stores there now, the auditorium was not that large either. She said that the projection equipment was so old that it would not be unsual for the film to break several time during a show.

Michee21 on January 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I currently work at Opera nightclub. I was wondering if you dont already know which theatre that used to be.. If this could be it? I know Opera was opened during the 1920’s as an Opera Theatre and its address now is 1150 Crescent Avenue, and the zip is 30309. Maybe Crescent avenue used to be Elucid? its near little 5 points too. before it was Opera nightclub it was Eleven50 & before that the club Axys & before that club Petra.. the auditoriam is not too large as well. I know before it was ever turned into a club it was vecant for years and was infested with rats and was a multi million dollar restoration. If anyone knows what the opera theatre was called that was opened in the 20’s that is now Opera Nightclub I would really appreciate any information?!! :)

Edwardlig on October 29, 2011 at 8:49 am

I am looking to shed some light on some lost family history. My uncles and aunts worked in theaters around Atlanta for several years before and after WW2, even (rumor has it) working with Ludlow Porch at one of them. But what spiked my curiosity was a newspaper clipping I found in an old book which reads:


Atlanta, GA. – Mr. N.L. Leggette has purchased the Palace Theater at Newman, GA., and has booked the Mutual Service through the Atlanta Office, which has now been used for the past three weeks. Mr. Leggette reports a big business, which he attributes to the splendid programs being served him.

N.L. Leggette was my grandfather, but because of a family rift we know virtually nothing about him, nor about what the Mutual Service was or the Palace Theater or Newman GA. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Chris1982 on May 29, 2014 at 2:34 am

Listed as open as early as 1926 and still listed as open in 1936.

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