Palace Theater

212 Sycamore Street,
Muscatine, IA 52761

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Palace Theater

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Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 7:01 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1702 style 109 was installed in the Palace Theater on 8/16/1927.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 31, 2008 at 1:01 pm

The Palace Theater was located at 212 Sycamore Street.

Here are some photos of the Palace Theater:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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.

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