Palace Theatre

1142 Euclid Avenue NE,
Atlanta, GA 30307

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Chris1982
Chris1982 on May 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

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

Edwardlig
Edwardlig on October 29, 2011 at 3:49 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:

THE PALACE THEATER WILL RUN THE MUTUAL SERVICE

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.

Michee21
Michee21 on January 30, 2011 at 12:54 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?!! :)

1234
1234 on September 8, 2007 at 7:32 am

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.

1234
1234 on July 4, 2007 at 7:12 am

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.

Don K.
Don K. on July 1, 2007 at 9:28 am

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
1234 on July 1, 2007 at 9:02 am

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 June 29, 2007 at 7:24 am

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!

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on June 27, 2007 at 10:21 am

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 27, 2007 at 9:20 am

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
JackCoursey on May 22, 2007 at 5:11 am

Here is a photo from May 2007 of what remains of the former Palace Theatre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 16, 2005 at 4:56 am

The Palace Theatre is listed in Film Daily Yearbooks 1941 and 1943 editions as having a seating capacity of 500.

Don K.
Don K. on July 16, 2005 at 4:45 am

It’s very likely that there was another theater in Little Five Points more than fifty years ago. The first suburbs of Atlanta were West End and Inman Park. West End had at least three movie theaters at one time: the West End Theatre on Lee Street; the Gordon Theatre on Gordon Road; and the Cascade Theatre on Gordon Road (near the juncture of Cascade Road).

Little Five Points, which was adjacent to Inman Park, was also an early suburb of Atlanta. The street number of 1142 Euclid Avenue, NE, would have placed the Palace Theatre on the north side of Euclid Avenue, closer to Moreland Avenue. That means that it would have been east of the Little Five Points Theatre at 1103 Euclid Avenue and the Euclid Theatre at 1099 Euclid Avenue, both on the south side of the street. All three theaters would have been in the general vicinity of what was once Bass High School.

Although I never remember actually seeing another movie theater in Little Five Points in the 1950’s, I would consider it very probable that there was one. It’s a pity I can’t ask my dad about it. He attended Bass High and he would have known for sure.