Palace Theatre

1625 Elm Street,
Dallas, TX 75201

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Palace Theater in Dallas TX

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The Palace Theatre opened on June 11, 1921, initially an independent theatre, it was taken over by Paramount-Publix Theatres in 1927 and then by Interstate Theatres in 1930.

To many, this was the pride of theatre row on Elm Street in Dallas. It had a domed ceiling, a great stage, a real elevator orchestra pit and a magnificent Wurlitzer 3 manual, 11 rank, model 235 opus 411 organ. This was replaced when a Publix #1 opus 2125, 4 manual, 20 rank Wurlitzer was purchased on August 16, 1930. The organ console was mounted in the pit and would rise up between movies and be played until the next show.

The Palace Theatre was closed in 1970 and immediately demolished.

Contributed by Kirby Lambert, Ken Roe

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DonLewis on March 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm

A old movie theater ad from 1949 for the Palace Theater.

EnnisCAdkins on September 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Wasn’t the Palace the first Cinemascope theater in Dallas? I saw THE ROBE at the Metropolitan in Houston and I remember seeing a sign in it’s lobby stating that the Palace and Metropolitan were the first two theaters to show Cinemascope in Texas. This was early 1954.

cjdavila721 on October 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

My Father, Robert Cobb, studied under Weldon Flanagan and played at the Palace from time to time. He still fondly describes the organ and was devistated when the theater was destroyed.

DonLewis on November 26, 2009 at 9:02 pm

From 1933, a postcard view of the Palace Theatre in Dallas along with the Mirror, Capitol and Old Mill.

matt54 on June 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

Saw many films here as well as at the Tower, Capri, and Majestic. My first memory of going to the Palace was when I was 12 in 1966 and I accompanied projectionist Ruben White to work here – I had never seen such a huge or ornate theater and I was absolutely overwhelmed by the visual impact of the auditorium. Then he took me up to the spacious balcony and up that damned little iron ladder to that cramped little fire trap of a projection room! I couldn’t believe that such a lovely theater would have such a small space for the vital machinery that gave the whole place its reason to be! Two huge Norelcos just about took up the whole space! What wonderful memories.

fturner on July 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Photographs of the Palace Theater in the Dallas Public Library’s Dallas/Texas History collection:
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CKing on August 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

My dad built houses in the 70’s and had a man that would supply him with salvaged brick from time to time. When the Palace was torn down the man called my dad and told him about the brick. My dad purchased the brick and it was used for a house in Rockwall, TX on Lakeshore Dr. I know which house it is and have stopped by and mentioned it to the owners. They are not the original owners but said that the lady that bought the house new said it was from a building in Dallas but they didn’t know if it was true. I told them it was and it was actually from the Palace Theatre.

DonLewis on September 14, 2010 at 1:42 am

From the 1930s a postcard view of the Palace Theatre on Theater Row in Dallas.

matt54 on August 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Here’s a link to a discussion thread on the dallasmetropolis forum in which forum member Dismuke has posted scans of his program from opening night at the Palace, June 11, 1921. The Artwork depicting the theatre’s interior and architectural features will probably prove to be the first time since your last visit to the theatre that you have seen these views.

rivest266 on October 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

June 12, 1921 ad uploaded here.

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