Palms Theater

Ulrich Street at Highway 90,
Sugar Land, TX 77478

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The Palms Theater was built in 1949 in Sugar Land, then the company town for the Imperial Sugar Company. By the mid-1990s, the theater had been closed and torn down.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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jjr1971 on November 1, 2007 at 8:59 pm

I was lucky to see one of the Indiana Jones flicks in the mid-1980s there shortly before this grand old cinema closed down. I was just a kid, so I don’t remember much other than it had an upstairs balcony, which I’d never experienced before. I’m sorry it went away…at least we still have River Oaks Theater in Houston, but that’s quite a drive from Sugar Land. Palms Theater was within reasonable walking distance of where I live. Rumors abound about what is to be done with the now-defunct Imperial Sugar Refinery…I’d love nothing more than to see the Palms Theater lovingly restored to its former glory (that vacant lot still irks me every time I drive by it now). I’m glad I at least got to see one movie there before it closed its doors.

franniem on January 6, 2008 at 5:16 pm

They are going to be replicating the Palms Theater in Sugar Land. Not in its' original location, but nearby I’m told. The refinery will also be refurbished and used for other purposes. Very exciting. At least they aren’t demolishing it like they did to the Palms.

kathy2trips on January 7, 2008 at 7:10 am

Franniem: From where have you gotten your information? Who is behind this effort?

franniem on January 9, 2008 at 11:06 am

Kayzer: I learned this information from my parents who are friends with Bruce Kelly of Sugar Land, one of the persons researching and acquiring information about old Sugar Land to give to the developers who are heading up this project. There was also a local news broadcast about it. I believe during the summer or just before. Everything is still in the developmental stage.

tomekelley on June 1, 2008 at 10:23 am

Who is Bruce Kelly? How can I contact him? I would love to be involved in this project.

franniem on June 2, 2008 at 7:01 am

Mr. Kelley,

Bruce is just someone from Sugar Land who is involved in preserving its history. He has been going to all the older residents who have lived there and getting info on old Sugar Land. He and his family have just always been very involved in and around Sugar Land. I am told that he would appreciate any input. This is his email address:

sepiatone on July 1, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Here’s a nighttime shot of the Palms from 1984.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 13, 2009 at 11:32 am

This is another 1984 photo.

djrea77 on July 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

The Palms Theatre was the birthplace of many special memories for me and my children. In the 1970s, one of our favorite summer pasttimes was to go to the Palms and chomp down on hot dogs, popcorn, and candy as we sat back and watched our favorite flicks. We still talk about going back and forth between the two screens to watch Star Wars on one screen and Grease on the other. Call it crazy, but we saw Stars Wars 7 ½ times and Grease 6 times—all at the Palms! I still get teary eyed each time I pass by and see the vacant lot; but, at the same time, I am filled with warm thoughts of the happy times shared by a mom and her children.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

The Palms Theatre was built in 1949, according to this weblog post from The Old Sugar Land Club House. It includes a photo of the construction. Additional photos can be seen at this post from the same weblog.

A list of theaters designed by architect Ernest L. Shult, published in the 1950 edition of The Theatre Catalog also says the Palms was a 1949 project.

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