1417 Main Street,
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The theatre was located on the 1400 block of Main Street in Columbia. At one time Main Street had a theatre on each block for six blocks. It was originally built in 1909, opening on January 20, 1908 as the Lyric Theatre. On June 1, 1915 it became the second Pastime Vaudeville Theatre and on April 19, 1920 it became the Imperial Theatre. On July 19, 1937 it was renamed Palmetto Theatre when it was taken over by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary H.F. Kincey. The Palmetto Theatre was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957. It was a great looking old style theatre and was a pleasure to start my training as assistant manager and returning a few years later as manager.
I sure wish I had some pictures, as this was truly a great old style theatre with two balconies. The top balcony had its own entrance next to the main entrance and concession stand for African-Americans.
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