Palace Theatre

95 Exchange Street,
Bangor, ME 04401

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The Palace Theatre showed films and hosted classical music concerts when it opened in 1911. Matinees were a nickel and evening shows were a dime. The theatre ran new movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 16, 2009 at 4:51 am

Also known as the Park, this theater opened in 1913 and was at the corner of Park St and State St.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 28, 2012 at 8:03 am

Palace was at 95 Exchange Street in the 1917 city directory.

Cinemalover on November 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Here is a picture of it

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Cinemalover’s link. The photos of the Park Theatre show that it was indeed at the northeast corner of State Street and Park Street. As the Palace was at 95 Exchange Street, the Palace and the Park were different theaters. 95 Exchange would be two blocks south of State Street.

Once again we have two theaters conflated, and we need a new page for one or the other. An article about Bangor’s theaters in the July 15, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World clarifies the early days of both.

The Palace Theatre at 95 Exchange Street was opened in 1911 by Pope D. McKinnon. It had 400 seats. It was still in operation in 1916 under the direction of the Acme Amusement Company.

The Park Theatre opened as the Star Theatre on December 25, 1913, and was also initially operated Mr. McKinnon. The 1,200-seat house was taken over by the Keith circuit on November 28, 1914, after which it was redecorated and renamed the Park Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Six theaters are listed for Bangor in a 1922 directory, but the Palace is not among them. 95 Exchange Street was listed as the location of the shop of Clark Max, a dry goods retailer.

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