72 S. Main Street,
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Palace Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Crescent Amusement Co.
Architects: Eston Smith
Functions: Community Arts Center
Opened around 1940, the Palace Theatre 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.
By 1950 the Palace Theatre was operated by the Nashville, TN based Crescent Amusement Co. It was still open as a movie theatre in 1957. Currently, the Palace Theatre is being use as a community arts center. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
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