Palace Twin Theatre

823 5th Avenue,
Antigo, WI 54409

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Palace Twin Theatre

The Palace Theatre was opened in 1916, with seating for 1,100. It was taken over by J.P, Adler of the Adler Theater Co. and after a remodel it reopened as the New Antigo Theater on April 8, 1928. It had been equipped with a Barton organ. In December 1928 it was sold to Fox Midwest, a subsidiary of Fox Theatres and it was immediately closed. It was later reopened and closed for two weeks for remodeling in 1984, and has been owned by Tim Suik for 40 years.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Tim Suik

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longislandmovies on July 29, 2006 at 2:43 pm

must be a twin -running 2 first run in pic ……

longislandmovies on July 29, 2006 at 2:45 pm

pics are running 5-7-8&9

MinnesotaJones on January 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I remember we’d visit my Grandmother who lived in Antigo every summer like clockwork. I’m from Minnesota. My brother and I got to see The Empire Strikes Back there in 1980 when we were visiting. The place was one screen at the time (I think) and they even still had an intermission during the movie!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm

If they put an intermission in “EMPIRE” good thing George Lucas never found out.I have read where some theatres in small towns and cities like Tampa put intermissions in movies some well under two hours long in running time,Minnesota Jones.

MinnesotaJones on March 22, 2011 at 8:38 am

Yup, the intermission was just as Luke was going to go into “that place is strong with the Dark Side…” on Dagobah with Yoda looking on – and after the intermission, he was in!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Various construction trade journals from 1916 note a theater to be built at Antigo, Wisconsin, for Harvey Hansen. The architect for the project was Hans T. Liebert, then practicing in Wausau. Contracts for the project were let in July, 1916. Hansen had been operating another theater called the Palace in Antigo since at least 1913. I don’t know if the first Palace was closed when the new theater opened or if it continued to operate under another name.

Liebert designed another theater for Hansen in 1921. It was to have been located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Edison Street, but I’ve been unable to discover if this project was carried out.

DavidZornig on June 4, 2018 at 9:14 pm

1956 photo added via Bill Kelder. Palace marquee down the block on the left. 2008 street view shows the former drug store building with unique brick work on the right in the photo, as still standing.

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