Palace Theater

8325 Copley Drive,
Cornelius, NC 28031

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The Palace Theater was a large megaplex in Cornelius. It has been closed since 2004 and was in imminent danger of being demolished. In 2010, there were plans for other tenents to move in.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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ncmark on November 23, 2008 at 7:32 pm

This was a great 12 screen multiplex decorated in a wonderfully cheesy Egyptian motif. The outside was standard fake stucco but the inside was pretty interesting especially considering it was built in a time when most new theaters didn’t receive any ornamentation at all. A couple of the bigger theaters had what was billed as radius stadium seating which was simply curved rows but it made for great sight lines. Stadium seating is usually done with straight rows but the extra effort put into the radius effect here was a great touch. I was very sad to see this theater close after being open less than 5 years. I considered it the best new multiplex in the Charlotte area but I think the owners found it hard to complete with the big national chains that dominate movie going in Charlotte.

Patsy on January 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

longislandmovies: I believe the demise of this theatre came down to….location, location, location.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Looks to be saved, and now they are leasing space.

Now called Lake Norman Creative Arts Center.

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Patsy on January 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Good news then!

Patsy on January 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm

And a great site with artist rendering of how it will look!

cvolosin on July 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm

It is called, competition KILLED IT.. I suspect the proximity of the new Regal Stadium and possible split booking zone allowed for it to not be able to compete for the big movies anymore.
I am not sure on the seat counts on the auditoriums, but for it to be stadium, probably a retrofit makes them smaller.
It appeared recently on a listing thru a realtor’s website, and the info sent to me stated that it was stadium seating which the seats were in great condition.. 2 screens were damaged, all other building issues were in good shape, and a new owner would need to bring in booth and concession equipment, along with computers and cash registers to re-open as a cinema.
Not sure if the development idea got halted for some reason, but I am not from the area, and am not familiar with who the original owner of this location was.

Patsy on July 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Chuck: I’ve seen this former cinema and the last I knew it was going to be some sort of art venue/gallery. If I find the website for this concept, I will email. A NC artist friend of mine might know the current status, too.

Patsy on July 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm

The site with artist’s rendering is posted with a Jan 11, 2010 comment.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Lots of pictures and renderings here…..

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CSWalczak on August 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

This article states that the first tenant of this former theater’s space will be a church: View link

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