Palace Theatre

Timmins, ON P4N

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Although pictures exist of the Palace Theatre in Timmins, it is known to have opened on 10th February 1936. A closing date is unknown and it was later converted to retail/office space known as Palace Plaza.

Contributed by Christopher

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SilentToronto
SilentToronto on January 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

Here’s a recent Streetview shot of the former Palace, still retaining its namesake as the “Palace Plaza”.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for the links Chris and Eric.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

thanks guys for the great info.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Information at this link gives the opening date of the Palace Theatre as February 10, 1936.

“My original quest for information began with the Palace Theatre. It was officially opened on February 10, 1936 and what a gala event it was! An orchestra was brought in from Toronto to entertain. There was upholstered seating for 1,150 people, with a balcony that held 200.

Unlike the bare floors and walls of previous theatres, the Palace had deeply carpeted aisles, air conditioning and the walls were acoustically treated. The movie screen was seamless, the curtains were of deep red velvet, and the light fixtures were bronze, set into sculptured plaster acanthus leaves in the ceilings. There was a luxurious ladies rest room behind the balcony and for the gentlemen, there was a smoking room in the basement. One could also check coats on the main floor. What a contrast from the first theatre with its bare walls and kitchen chairs in a converted grocery store!

Gene Columbo continued as General Manager of all the theatres; Frank Colameco moved from the Goldfields Theatre to become manager of the Palace. Rose Pezzola was the cashier, Maurice Landers was the doorman. Projectionists were H.E. Babcock and Tom Mallin. The ushers in their smart uniforms were Joseph Martel, F. Babcock, A. Persosky and E. Landers."

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