Palmetto Theatre

1417 Main Street,
Columbia, SC 29201

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rivest266 on September 2, 2017 at 7:55 am

This reopened as Palmetto on July 19th, 1937. A grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

rivest266 on September 1, 2017 at 3:17 pm

The Lyric theatre opened on January 20th, 1908. Reopened as Pastime on June 1st, 1915, Reopened as Imperial on April 19th, 1920. I uploaded the Pastime and Imperial grand opening ad in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on April 5, 2016 at 6:47 am

Launched as the Lyric Theatre in 1909. The Rawl Brothers' Pastime Vaudeville Theater from 1438 Main Street took over the location in 1915 and was renamed. The Rawl Brothers then took on the Columbia in 1918 which is likely about the time that the Pastime became the Imperial Theatre. Finally, it was renamed as the Palmetto Theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 4, 2013 at 3:34 am

YEP, our DM worked out of there,MR.BIGGS.

DavidDymond on July 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Was the Palmetto an ABC/Plitt Theater?

Bevo on July 3, 2013 at 7:04 am

To Mike Rogers……what response are you looking for??? I worked for ABC Theatres for 20 years and had two stints at the Palmetto.

paulnelson on June 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I like the old signage so much better than the replacement. Great pic.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

no local response, town full of losers,,, hard to believe..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Anyone that worked here,it being a ABC/Plitt Theatre; Check out REMEMBERING PLITT THEATRES on Facebook.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Still no local response.Hard to believe.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2010 at 5:44 pm

How can a city the size of Columbia have no one interested in CT ?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Still yet,another dead theatre town.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Plitt Theatre District Manager,who even treated Assistant Managers decent retires on Nov.8 1983. MARION BIGGS was good and decent district manager and loved the theatres of Columbia,S.C..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I can’t believe as big as Columbia is no one in that city has any intrest in the old theatres there. I would love for Dickie to answer a question i left months ago. Oh,well.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

Dickie, I WORKED for ABC/ PLITT THEATRES and everynight i had to call our figures into COLUMBIA and i think you guys were the ABC THEATRE we called from Augusta.Wasn’t our D.M. Mr, Biggs? Anyways, We would almost everynight talk to a girl named PEGGY. I Wonder if i have the right theatre. I know the girl was Peggy.

kencmcintyre on September 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm

This site states that five theaters on Main Street in the 1930s were owned by Palmetto Amusements, a subsidiary of Publix. That may explain the origin of the theater’s name:

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 3:22 am

According to Bowers' “Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments” page 551, there was a “Broadway” theatre in Columbia equipped with a Reproduco organ made by the Operators Piano Co. I could not find a page for the Broadway, so I am putting this here for the time being.