Palace Theater

212 Sycamore Street,
Muscatine, IA 52761

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The Palace Theater was opened prior to 1927. It burnt down in 1944. A new Palace Theater was built, and opened May 29, 1945 and closed around 1960.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2009 at 2:10 am

Muscatine had two Palace Theatres. An item in the May 5, 1945, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Fox Midwest had announced that the opening of the new Palace Theatre was scheduled for May 8. The item said that the new house replaced a theater of the same name which had burned the previous year. It didn’t say if the new theater was on the same site as the original Palace.

An article about Ludy Bosten, a long-time Muscatine exhibitor, published in Boxoffice Magazine on April 9, 1962, said that he had operated the Palace Theatre for a time, but didn’t specify the period. It did say that the Palace had closed two years earlier, though, suggesting that he had taken over the second Palace, perhaps in the early 1950s when various Fox operating companies were required by the courts to divest themselves of many of their theaters.

The 1940s were a bad time for Muscatine’s historic theaters. The Grand burned down the same year the new Palace opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

The May 25, 1945, issue of the Muscatine Journal said that the new Palace Theatre would open on May 29. One courtesy advertisement congratulated the Bosten family on their new theater, so they were the owners even then.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 20, 2014 at 4:02 pm

A section about the A-Muse-U Theatre on this web page says that E. M. Henley built the Palace Theatre in 1914. The Palace Theatre was listed at 212 Sycamore Street in the 1916 Muscatine city directory.

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