Palace Theatre

72 S. Main Street,
Crossville, TN 38555

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Palace Theatre

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This theater is an interesting statement of both architectural style and recreational use for a small town.

Its architect made use of local Crab Orchard Stone. The three story building’s exterior design combines elements of both Art Deco and Art Moderne styles.

Art Deco defines the interior design. Side walls are recessed panels delineated by the concrete blocks that step forward towards the auditorium creating vertical columns. Set in the center are bulls eye wall sconces. During its renovation, turquoise and salmon colors were reintroduced on the walls and in the paisley carpet.

Currently, the Palace Theatre is being use as a community arts center. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Contributed by Cumberland County Executive Brock Hill

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John Coles
John Coles on May 31, 2005 at 8:06 am

The Palace is wonderful but the real story is the community. They have done a wonderful job with the Palace. By chance I found out that the restoration of the stonework was done by students at the community’s building school using the beautiful local crab orchard stone from a nearby quarry. The community of Crossville has a justifiable pride in this restored treasure.

Patsy
Patsy on June 1, 2005 at 1:56 pm

John R: As the community should be……“a justifiable pride in this restored treasure”! Friends of mine are very proud of their hometown theatre and go often!

John Coles
John Coles on June 1, 2005 at 3:22 pm

Patsy,
We took U.S. 70 through the Cumberland Plateau and stopped in Crab Orchard to get a small sample of the stone. The man who owned the quarry was Lynn McDaniel, I believe. He was proud of the work the students had done on the Palace’s facade. He mentioned the name of the instructor who supervised them and the quarry from which the stone was taken. I’ve forgotten both names. But, I’ll always remember how his face lit up with a smile when we asked him about the Palace Theatre project. I wish folks who were indifferent to saving our Garden Theatre in Charleston could have understood the far reaching impact such a project has on so many people in and nearby a community. It’s the kind of thing that makes a place a community and not just a place.

Meghann
Meghann on January 3, 2007 at 3:22 am

Hello Everyone,

I was “involved” with the whole restoration of the Palace Theater in my hometown of Crossville. Downtown Crosssville Inc (DCI) was the driving force behind it from the ground up. DCI consisted of the president,Dr. Richard E Bradley (my father),Treasurer,Mrs Carol Darling,and Board of Directors Member Mr Jim Purcell(also head of the local vocational school). I too remember the sight some of you remember,no roof,no seats; just the ghost of what she once was. I will never forget the feeling of walking in on “opening night” and seeing all their hard work paying off. I am so happy Crossville now has the Palace to list as an attraction and as part of history of a small town on the Cumberland Plateau
Meghann Bradley

sdoerr
sdoerr on February 25, 2007 at 12:29 am

Restoration architects were Sparkman & Associates Architects, Inc.

movieboi
movieboi on June 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Hi all,

If anyone can remember me Im the little boy who basically lived in the theater throughout my young and teen years. This landmark means more to me and my life than anyone can image. My memories of the theater are full of excitement and joy as I didn’t realize how lucky I was until now as i look back in time with my family who used to run it. Yes My Grandfather Leon Smith (Bud) ran the theater some 35 years and was the projectionist 10 years before that when Eddy johnson was the manager.My memory will always be where my playground was and still is in my hart and mind.

Curtis Smith
http://www.curtissmithphotograph.com

Patsy
Patsy on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 pm

The stone facade on this theatre is truly amazing and very unique!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

Nice looking theatre will have to drive over from Nashville to check it out.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Well.have you driven over yet.LOL.

TN_Fisherman
TN_Fisherman on November 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

I am a 2nd generation ‘Homesteader’. Spent many hours viewing ‘movies’ at Palace Theater!! Cumberland Homesteads was 5 miles from Crossville….

To TLSLOEWS — FYI — Lots of places to make your ‘trip’ to Crossville to see Palace enjoyable: May I suggest you visit Cumberland Homestead (and Homestead House) Museums, and Cumberland Mtn State Park which has a wonderful restaurant….

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