Palace Theater

8325 Copley Drive,
Cornelius, NC 28031

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NBmovieman
NBmovieman on November 20, 2014 at 6:06 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.

CSWalczak
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

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

Lots of pictures and renderings here…..

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Patsy
Patsy on July 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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

Patsy
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.

cvolosin
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
Patsy on January 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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

Patsy
Patsy on January 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Good news then!

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
Patsy on January 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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

ncmark
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.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 15, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Longislandmovies, It closed in 2004 when it could keep up with Eastern Federal`s (Regal) Movies at Birkdale 16, which opened in May of 2001.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on February 28, 2008 at 10:31 am

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THIS THEATER???