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 and by 2017 it is in use as a church.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Patsy on January 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

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

cvolosin on July 23, 2010 at 2:14 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 2:21 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 2:23 pm

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

CSWalczak on August 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

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

NBmovieman on November 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

My understanding is that the refurbished Movies at the Lake and the Palace were killing each other. Supposedly the sale of the Palace to Eastern Federal was negotiated. EF then closed it down to protect their Movies at the Lake. The Palace was supposedly the nicer cinema, but it was suggested that the ego was involved on the part of EF in which theater was closed. Could well have been more of economic decision,though. I seem to recall that the Palace was built so that if its days as a cinema came to an end, the building could be stripped and leave a large flat floored building for other uses.

fackelman2112 on February 1, 2018 at 11:11 am

I saw this building go through many transformations. I remember seeing movies here in the early 2000’s. For a while, it sat there unchanged. I believe it opened up under new ownership but it was quickly closed (Don’t quote me on that). When I was in high school, the building was turned into The Bonu5 Room, which was a live music venue for young, local bands and musicians. I always wanted to go see a show but I never got around to it. I think it closed right around the time I graduated and the owners opened up a different location. Now it’s an Elevation Church.

Patsy on February 1, 2018 at 11:16 am

And the congregation members are called elevators!

davidcoppock on February 3, 2018 at 9:03 pm

I bet the church services are very uplifting!!

Patsy on February 4, 2018 at 10:17 am

I suppose they are. Love the humor.

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